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I ask for your help.

I am nearly finished writing a novel in which I use two quotes that are attributed to Oscar Wilde. I would like to verify that Wilde did write, or say, these things and the publications in which they appear. Unfortunately, my searches have produced nothing so far.

I am not asking that someone do an extensive search for these quotes. My hope is that someone will recognize them without such searches.

Here is one of the quotes: “True friends stab you in the front.”

And here is the other, which is the definition of an expert: “An ordinary man away from home giving advice.”

These sound like things Wilde would write or say, but it would help if I could be sure.

Help with either of these quotes would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Jon H. Payne
245 Burlington Ave.
Unit 301
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Phone: 630-654-2248


Does anyone have the name for the tailor that Oscar Wilde frequented during his early years in London?

I’m particularly interested in finding the tailor who created the “Cello Coat” that Oscar wore to the opening of the Grosvenor Gallery.

— Tony Dobrowolski


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