FACT CHECK: Did Oscar Wilde Say, ‘I’m Not Young Enough To Know Everything’?
Wilde did not author this statement. It is actually a line by Scottish writer J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan.
A novelist, playwright and poet, Wilde was an influential proponent of aestheticism, an intellectual movement that considered beauty to be the primary purpose of art. Among his best known works are the 1895 satirical play “The Importance of Being Earnest” and his 1891 philosophical novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” both considered literary classics. (RELATED: Did Mark Twain Pen This Quote On Kindness?)
However, he did not author the statement attributed to him in the Facebook post. The quote appears nowhere in his collected works. “This is said by a character called Earnest talking to another called Agatha, but not in a Wilde Play,” Donald Mead, chairman of The Oscar Wilde Society, told The Daily Caller in an email. “It is from Act 1 of the J.M. Barrie play ‘The Admirable Chrichton.'”
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