If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.
Wilde’s sayings – aphorisms, epigrams – are seen and heard everywhere; but how many of these are genuine?
On this page, we list the probable and improbable attributions, seek their origins, and encourage readers to join the game.
“The person who is widely credited with coining the saying in its current form is Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (née Hamilton), who wrote many books, often under the pseudonym of ‘The Duchess’. In Molly Bawn, 1878, there’s the line “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, which is the earliest citation that I can find in print”