Oscar Wilde was born on this day in 1854. The Irish author and playwright is known for classic works like The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, which were filled with brilliant, pithy one-liners such as “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
But despite Mr. Wilde’s many literary successes, Twitter marked the occasion of his birthday by lamenting that he may have been born in the wrong era. Indeed, the author’s succinct style seemed for many ideally suited to the age of Twitter. Many users fantasized (some bilingually) about how Mr. Wilde might have embraced social media:
Some users removed the middleman and made up quotes Mr. Wilde would have said about Twitter were he alive:
And at least one user rose above the cynicism to see a silver lining:
Even after 161 years, Oscar still gives the world something to go Wilde about.