21 Oscar Wilde Quotes To Add Some Wit To Your Day

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Perhaps the quintessential wit of the 19th century, not a single aspect of daily life was immune from Oscar Wilde’s scrutinizing eye. In his relatively short life, the author took aim at all elements of the human condition, using humor and his rapier wit to puncture ego and bring us back down to earth — where life is, quite simply, more fun.

If you don’t have your copy of Dorian Grey or The Importance of Being Earnest handy, these Oscar Wilde quotes make for a fine taste of Wilde’s razor-sharp intelligence:

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Inside The Troubled Lives Of America’s Blind Bluesmen

Given the time and place from which they hailed, it’s not too surprising that many of the best blues musicians were blind. As it happens, blindness was just the beginning of their problems.

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Racism, hunger, oppression, random bouts of syphilis — the life of a typical 1920s blues guitarist was not exactly a barrel of laughs. So just imagine how much worse it was being blind. Back then, a great many of them were: Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jefferson…in fact, just scroll down the Blues Hall of Fame list and every third musician seems to be preceded with the word “blind.”

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The Human Cost Of A Century Of Chemical Warfare

Chemical weapons have given people nightmares for the past 100 years — those who are lucky enough to survive them, that is.

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Chemical weapons hold an especially dark place in the history of warfare. Bullets, bombs, and landmines all have their own terrors, but there’s nothing quite like an invisible cloud of death to spread panic and disrupt soldiers’ discipline. In a serious chemical attack, the air itself becomes hostile to life, and unseen poison seeps through every gap and crack to silently kill unprotected people.

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The 5 Most Infamous American Spies

Although the lives of most of America’s greatest spies are always kept secret, it’s the lives of the notorious double agents that capture the public’s attention.

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AFP/AFP/Getty ImagesJulius and Ethel Rosenberg are seated in a police van in 1953 in New York shortly before their execution for espionage.

It’s no secret that the United States has had its fair share of duplicitous spies. Today, movies portraying double agents and TV shows like The Americans pay homage to Cold War fears and politics that now seem so far away. While time has placed a definite, physical distance between today and that era, the effects of some of the most infamous, traitorous American spies are not as distant as they may seem. In many cases, the repercussions can still be felt to this day.

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