One of the things I love most about Mr. Wilde is how he seems to have the perfect words for any occasion. So, as a writer, when the following situations come up, here are some points of wisdom from Oscar Wilde to remember.
When you need to find your voice:
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
When you lose that brilliant idea:
Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.
When someone tells you what your book needs:
The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.
When writer’s block scares words away, calm down and remember:
Some things are too important to be taken seriously.
When you get caught people watching:
My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.
When you write the perfect paragraph:
Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?
When you have to kill a character:
Each man kills the thing he loves.
When someone asks you why you write:
I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
When someone believes your work is good when you don’t:
It is so easy to convince others; it is so difficult to convince oneself.
The dreadful and wonderful thing known as editing:
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.