Tony Barnstone Said.

25 Apr 17
This is an excerpt taken from an essay by Tony Barnstone on the subject of translating the Chinese poet Han Shan. “Esthetically, I am attracted to many aspects of previous translations ...

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“This dance is a prayer for women who hold themselves back, who do not know their own power, as creators, as healers, as givers of life…”   – Zola Dubnikova

Oscar Wilde Said.

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

 “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

“I am not young enough to know everything.”

“The heart was made to be broken.”

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

“Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.”