Oscar Wilde (1878)

Oscar Wilde (far right), at Ashford Castle, 1878

My dear Robbie, when I see a monstrous tulip with four wonderful petals in someone else’s garden, I am impelled to grow a monstrous tulip with five wonderful petals, but that is no reason why someone should grow a tulip with only three petals.

– Oscar Wilde, in conversation with Robert Ross

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