Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quote of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
~Oscar Wilde


What do you think of Mr. Wilde's advice?

Do you forgive your enemies? If so, are they annoyed? If you don't forgive them, why not? Do you ever wonder what would happen if everyone forgave their enemies? That would ruin quite a few plot lines, wouldn't it?

Let's discuss!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi

I don't have any enemies.

I don't know if I could forgive though.

Shadow

Christine H said...

Hi there! I don't have time to get in character today, so I'll just post as myself.

I don't think that forgiving enemies ruins plot lines, unless those plots are based on revenge. The forgiveness is an internal action that only affects the one doing the forgiving. It doesn't erase the evil actions that were done, or their effects.

It would tend to annoy villains who are looking for an emotional reaction from those they torment. But many villains (such as mine) don't think they've done anything wrong in the first place! So whether he is forgiven or not is a matter of complete indifference to him.

Kaelin said...

My dad once said in reference to demons:

It is not in our nature to forgive.

Aidan said...

Yeah, but we can try, though. I mean, we supposedly learned about happiness from humans. So maybe they can teach us that, too.

Kaelin said...

I think I'll stick with getting even.

DESTINY said...

Choose forgiveness and decisive action. Waste not time in hatred and vengeance. Humans do not see the larger picture; the cruel and the evil receive punishment in equal measure. It is their destiny.

Do not reduce yourself by tampering with their fate. Aspire to rise above, and your destiny will be much greater because of this.

Anonymous said...

Burn them all! Let them all burn!

Anonymous said...

Burn, burn, burn!

Burn, burn!

Troubadour said...

Don't et mad. Get even.

- Brother D-Day, Animal House

Aidan said...

Good advice, Des.

Only most of the demons I know don't hate--they almost ARE hatred. Especially Maliquium.

Kaelin doesn't waste much time with hate. He just sort of does what's necessary. But he doesn't feel much about it.

shy said...

"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."

~Mark Twain

DESTINY said...

Aidan, all of my advice is excellent.

Kaelin must seek beyond his nature.

It is his Destiny.

Candy said...

I'm not important enough to have any enemies. It makes me mad though when I read in the paper of someone forgiving the brutal murderer of their spouse or child. I'd be really mad if Brian forgave someone for doing something awful to me, even though, when I think of it, he'd probably not even notice.
In some cultures forgiveness is a sign of weakness.

Christine H said...

"The worse a man is, the more profound his slumber, for if he had a conscience, he would not be a villian."
-Elizabeth Peters, The Snake, The Crocodile and The Dog(I just came across this as I was reading and eating lunch)

Christine H said...

Candy, ditch Brian! You deserve better.

Anonymous said...

Hi Candy

Shadow

Scruffy said...

Woof, woof!

Maxwell said...

I get even.

I go to my lab. I make big bomb, boom.

I put it under their house.

Boom, boom! Then they sorry.

They all sorry.

Anonymous said...

Love. Love is the answer.

Aidan said...

Ditto what Christine said. Ditch Brian.

Of course, you kinda have, right?

Brian said...

Whadya mean, ditch me?

Hey Candy, baby, whadya mean?

Pure fiction said...

Being able to take the moral highground by forgiving my ex-husband would be wonderful, but so far I'm not able to find that forgiveness in me.

(Psssssst: Everybody except Brian -what's he doing here? I thought Candy left him in England when she ran away to America? I'm feeling very uneasy. Very very uneasy. Candy - can you explain?

Word verification: squilget - the feeling I got in my gut when I saw brian's name in the comments

Christine H said...

Candy's in America? I missed something. Where are you, sweetie? I'm near the Liberty Bell if you want to come over for some tea and a nice chat.

Bane of Anubis said...

“There is not, to a mind well instructed, a more painful occurrence, than the death of one we have injured without reparation.” – Samuel Johnson

Sorry, Timothy - but it's too late for apologies, isn't it?