Wilde was not a great poet nor a consummate prose writer. He was a very astute Irishman who encompassed in epigrams an esthetic credo which others before him scattered in the space of long pages. He was an enfant terrible .
You complain, friend Swift, of the length of my epigrams, but you yourself write nothing. Yours are shorter.I, 110. (Epigrams (c. 80 – 104 AD))
The Republicans stroke platitudes until they purr like epigrams.adlai stevenson
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.W. Somerset Maugham, A Winter's Notebook.
You complain, Velox, that the epigrams which I write are long. You yourself write nothing; your attempts are shorter.Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book I, Epigram 110.
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