Wilde on Music

Oscar Wilde's Arrest and Conviction: He Discovered His Wit Had Limits | Time

After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant and fills one with a sense of Sorrows that have been hidden from one’s tears.  Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Quoted in Music Lovers Quotations, edited by Helen Exley.

Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright famous for his acerbic wit and pithy sayings.  His gothic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his comedy of manners play, The Importance of Being Earnest, are among the most famous literary gems in their genres.