Oscar Wilde – "No man can buy back his past." Well, not with money.

It’s frequently said that Oscar Wilde said that no man is rich enough to buy back his past, but what did he really mean? It doesn’t seem that he meant it as a cause for optimism, a simple encouragement to let the past stay in the past.

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Why Would Oscar Wilde Object to Ridicule?

Did Oscar Wilde, master of satire and ridicule himself, really say, “Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities”? No, not exactly, and his point was not to diminish satire or ridicule, but rather to criticize the aims of one group’s use of it.