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Saturday, 13 August 2016


         I came across this little epigram this morning, written by Dorothy Parker in 1937.

"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."

        Reading this reminds of a story I once heard about a second-rate writer, well noted for his propensity for plagiarism. He was at a party where Oscar Wilde was holding the guests spellbound with his rhetoric and wit.
       At one point Oscar said something that had everyone laughing and clapping.
       The plagiarist said, "Wonderful, Oscar, I wish I'd said that."
       Wilde replied, "Don't worry, you will."

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