Everyone’s quoted Oscar Wilde at some point. He’s just one of those writers who have put the right words in the right order and suddenly every 16 year old is updating their statuses with
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
No? Just me? Okay.
Regardless, The Guardian have released some interesting lit-statistics about Wilde’s quotability. They’re saying he’s right up there with Shakespeare. See the stats and funky graphics here.
They’ve bundled the numbers into neat little lists with his top 50 epigrams, and confusing circle graphs about how many times Wilde’s lines pop up in search engines compared to other famous quotes.
The article‘s worth a look – I’d only heard of a handful of quotes from the top 50, but the more literary wit the better, I say.
So memorise those lines, bust out an epigram and sound like the wisest fist-under-chin thinker in town: go Wilde.