“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose
It seems appropriate that the first laughter quote on the new page should be by a fellow Irishman, Oscar Wilde. Apart from sharing Ireland as our country of origin and the fact that I once had floppy hair, the similarities between myself and Oscar Wilde end there I’m afraid. Oh, to only have one ounce of Oscar Wilde’s sharp wit.
This quote holds a particular relevance for me, as it perfectly describes a tactic which my own brother uses quite frequently. He never tells you any hurtful truths without couching them in laughter. “Glen, you’ve put on a few stone since I saw you last – Ha, Ha, Ha.” It always makes me chuckle (On the outside at a least, while on the inside I want to punch him).
Do you have any favourite Oscar Wilde quotes on laughter, which you would like to share, or do you know someone who speaks the most unwelcome truths under a cunning veil of laughter? Share your thoughts below.