Man is least himself when… – Oscar Wilde Quote

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

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There is a legend that in his youth, Oscar Wilde was the victim of an abusive relationship and he wrote the play “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in a bid to justify his rage. This legend has been so popular it is referenced in a poem by the Scottish poet John Donne. In the poem, Donne wrote:

“My Dorian Gray was slighter than my Oscar, And we made the most uneasy pair.” The truth of the matter is Oscar Wilde was an abuser and the play was in fact a work of self-dramatization. In the song “A Room With A View”, by the Scottish folk singer, Robert Burns, one of the verses reads:

“Then one day, I was angry, And I sang an Oscar Wilde song; / The thunder blew hard, and our hats were broken, / And everybody laughed at me, but Oscar.” The lyrics appear to be referring to the actual abuse committed by Oscar Wilde towards his wife, Evelyn Home, and when played backwards, the repetition of the phrase turns into “Everybody laughed at me, but I laughed at myself.” This concept was later explored in the musical “Dorian Gray” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where it was part of the song “Sunny Afternoon”.

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