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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Inspirational Quotes for Shallow People, Episode III: Return of the Shallow

Image from Oscar Wilde Fan Club
Oscar Wilde- it's so exhausting being that fabulous. 

"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction". -Oscar Wilde

My favorite Oscar Wilde story (I apologize if this is a myth or if I report any part of the story inaccurately): 
Mr. Wilde was travelling to the great old U.S of A. (I think Philadelphia, but I may be confusing this quote with another Wilde ditty, something about "I rather be in Philadelphia" but that might just be from a Kids in the Hall sketch) and was asked by a customs officer "Do you have anything to declare?". Oscar Wilde's response?;

"I have nothing to declare, but my genius". 

Image from Mrs. Plath Thing
The infamous (in my mind it's infamous) and inspirational Kids in the Hall sketch. 

Some other great quotes from Wilde:

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination"

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"

"I can resist everything except temptation".

Image from Find A Grave

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Such a modest tomb for a great man. I heard the grave is now covered in glass, because the lipstick ruined the tombstone. I argue that the lipstick is an improvement. 

Another famous grave in this Parisian cemetery...
Image from LocalNomad

Victor Noir, who is not so famous for how he lived or died (well, kind of famous for how he died), but more so for his grave marker. Well, not so much the grave as its... highly realistic qualities. Notice the location of the discoloration? 
Image from Suicide Blonde

Women (well, mainly women) visit this grave site in droves, because according to modern urban legend, if you rub the statue's crotch, it will improve your love life/ fertility/ virility etc... Dita Von Teese famously did a photo shoot emphasizing Noir's famous attribute. If only he got this much action when he was alive! (He was a journalist who was killed by Prince Bonaparte, great nephew of Napoleon, for basically insulting him). I'm kind of obsessed with this grave site, because it attracts weirdos (my people) and it proves that great things can happen to you at any time; even after death. 

And I guess some people choose to make out with the statue. This is why we have the bird flu and SARS people. 

All images from Google or from my personal collection :) Videos from YouTube.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice article about Oscar Wilde .Thanks for words of encouragement. Always love your blogs and pictures.