Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A couple of good Oscar Wilde quotes...

I never liked Oscar Wilde before. We did An Ideal Husband when I was in theatre in college, and it was probably the most boring show I'd ever even heard of. One day I stumbled onto a quotations page and found out he's not all about foppish wit and careless upper society quips. The man, I've discovered recently, was brilliant in a way that not many people are. Mark Twain comes to mind. So does Carlos Mencia on a good day. At any rate, without further speculation on my part, here are a couple of quotes:

"In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust."

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. "

And one more because I can't count - "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. "

Welcome to the 21st Century

If you're reading this, you probably already know me, so I'll save you some time by not introducing myself. If you don't know me, then what better way to know someone's true self than by reading his or her thoughts written out?

I find myself stuck in a quandary of sorts. My life is rather boring, my job mundane, my stress level too high - in other words, I am your typical American. I stand on a precipice of choosing to continue the practical or following the words of a man I admire - Mr. Joseph Campbell - and following my bliss.

Does this sound familiar? Of course it does. You're in the same situation, I'd bet. We all are. And, for now, I will continue to do the practical until I am absolutely dissuaded from it, even if it means pounding my head against a wall I know I am already tired of facing.

But that won't stop me from dreaming. And now I have an outlet...