Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Importance of Being...........

You know, some folks are just way ahead of their time. Does the music of The Doors,"Light My Fire", sound like the bubble gum drivel of "Yummy Yummy Yummy, I've Got Love In My Tummy"? Well those 2 pieces of music were popular at the same time!
Jimi Hendrix sounds just as modern now, even after he's been dead for 37 years. The same can be said of authors and poets. I have always admired Oscar Wilde. During his hey-day in Victorian England, he was the most famous celebrity of his era. He was an awesome wit, and a very free thinker. Heres an example of some of his wisdom, tell me if it doesn't still hold true..

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

The only way to get rid of temptation, is to yeild to it.

It is better to have a permanent income, than to be fascinating.

The soul is born old, but grows young.That is the comedy of life.
The body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.

Seriousness, is the only refuge of the shallow.

There is no sin......except stupidity.

All women become like their mothers, that is their tragedy.
No man does. Thats his.

Society always forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.

It is better to be beautiful than to be good,
but it is better to be good, than to be ugly.

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man....or a nation.

The well- bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

One should always play fairly, when one has the winning hand.

130 years later, this stuff is dead on..... Peace to all.
And always remember....It's Just Blogging!!....Galen

27 comments:

Strumpet said...

The Importance of Being...First!!

Ha!

cathy said...

# 2 close,but no cigar.
but who could begrudge strumpet anything?

cathy said...

Thankyou,Thankyou,Thankyou.
Any excuse to talk about my beloved Oscar,I have his complete works and they have pride of place
in my book collection,move over Shakespeare.
"The Ballad of Reading Goal" after countless readings still moves me to tears , just thinking how this incredibly talented man was persecueted for his homosexuality and yet turned even the abomination of his incarceration for that "crime" into art.
-------------------------------
"The Ballad of Reading Goal"
--------------6--------------

In Reading goal, by Reading town
There is a pit of shame,
And in it lies a wretched man
Eaten by teeth of flame,
In a burning,winding sheet he lies,
And his grave has got no name.

And there,till Christ calls forth the dead,
In silence let him lie,
No need to waste the foolish tear,
Or heave the windy sigh;
The man had killed the thing he loved,
And so he had to die.

And all men kill the thing they love,
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!
---------------

You may have notice that this is written in the same meter as Samuel Taylor Coleridge's
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner".

Wilding himself , always witty and self critical, said, " I am out-Henleying kipling"


Ok I'll stop but it isn't easy.

cathy said...

post 286 words
comment 231 words
Way to go you literature whore!
see Galen I'm even replying to my own comment.LOL

MONA said...

Galen! Qscar Wilde is my most favouritest writer:[ My English is not good, & nobody expects it to be good as I am not British citizen..yay!] I just love his work & love quoting him too!
Now this post is a treat for the eyes.:)
So are cathy's comments!

Cathy, I noticed it was the same metre as Coleridge. Although it was so tiresome with its six hundred & something lines, & based on a most horrible concept of eternal hell. I hated it, & my son hates it even more as a part of his high school syllabus.[ was it Life in Death or Death in Life!?!]
The last stanza here is most interesting:

And all men kill the thing they love,
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!

Although personally I would exchange the word's ['coward' & 'brave'] placement.

Applicable as of present times; seeing that Galen has already archived him as an anachronism

Top cat said...

good morning g-man, I love the quotes from Oscar Wilde, he is a wonderful writer and seems to hit the nail on the head.

what does "it's just blogging mean?"

javajazz said...

oh oh....

MilkMaid said...

HA 8th!!

:)

Happy Saturday Mr G.

lime said...

good stuff there. didn't he also say as he expired, 'either these drapes go or i do.'

hehehe

G-Man said...

Strumpet, thats 2 in one week! Are you stalking me?
...I should be so lucky!

Cathy, yet another great talent of the world, way ahead of his time, thrown into prison for liking AC/DC. And dying in poverty!

Thanks for your contribution...that was awesome!!
God, I love teachers!!

Mona...And to me you are a teacher....
And you are absolutely right, those words always should have been switched....
I'm so Happy that you are back....xoxox

Mornin Son!!
Thanks for the kind words.
It's just blogging?
This past week there seems to be an awful lot of Drama going on in the Blogging world...
And I'm NOT even talking about these neck of the woods....
Although there has been some slight controversies, I always try and address situations up front..

I do this for fun, and friendship...
Other people on other blogs do not take challenges or criticism very well.
Thats what I meant, nothing personal to anyone in particular.
It was just a blanket quip thrown into the outer reaches of Blogdom!
Rock On Mr. Rick..

JJ, don't be uh ohing me!
Yenta!

G-Man said...

Milky, you are so easy to please...Morning sweetie....Galen xoxox

Limey, he might have.
It sure sounds like Oscar.....xoxoxox

Cazzie!!! said...

All food for thought dear G-Man.

G-Man said...

Cazzie!!
Hi sweetie, how are things down under?
I can ask YOU that without getting slapped.
Hahahaha.....G xo

Jodes said...

i love this post!! I love the doors and Jimi!! My parents had a Woodstock album and I found it one day it was the original release of all the music from that incredible event. Tri-fold and everything - 3 albums. Or was it bi-fold - well whatever it was I listened to it and fell in love with the music at the lovely age of about 9. I have appreciated music ever since and still love that era. I use to say I was born in the wrong decade due to my love for the 60's and 70's music. great post. and this is your heads up on my new post.

G-Man said...

Mornin Jodi, Hey ain't this Saturday?

Anyway,..Mission Accomplished!!

MilkMaid said...

Easy...yeah, that'd be me.

NO WAIT...that's The Crab.

;)

G-Man said...

An easy redhead?
Milkmaid, that would be a dream come true..


Hey Everybody, I'm gonna go see Grindhouse with my boy today, I'll catch
y'all later!! ...G

buddha_girl said...

Hendrix...damn I loved "Little Wing." He was a genius!

javajazz said...

have fun at the movies
with your kid,
Mr. Sagittarius...!

barman said...

OK, that settles it... Hendrix up next. I do love music from that time frame and it is amazing how almost ageless it can be.

Hope you enjoyed the show.

G-Man said...

Hey BG, Little Wing is timeless. Living proof is that you like it...
Have a great week-end !

Thanks Lisa, It was AWESOME!!

Barman,Your a Hendrix fan eh? He sure was ahead of his time...
Have fun tis week-end brother......G

Jodes said...

yep I know - gotta get em in where I can.....too busy at work.

wmy said...

I always liked...
Life's a bitch...then you marry one.

Strumpet said...

This Foxy Lady would like you to excuse me as I kiss this guy.

Galen?

~muah~

G-Man said...

Saturday Jodi...
What a treat!..xoxoxox

Wendy?
Was that Oscar Wilde?
Hmmmmmm
I musta missed that one!
Thanks for the quote sweetie.....Hahaha xoxox

Strumpet!!!
Grindhouse Rocked!!
Lots and Lots, of bare feet!!

Strumpet said...

You know what's funny?

I don't think I even noticed the bare feet.

G-Man said...

There were always feet hanging out the window!