Gary and I do quite a few quizzes. Recently a question began, 'Which author is quoted as saying, 'I can resist anything but temptation'?' I got it right. Of course I did. Oscar Wilde is always the answer to that type of question.
Now I don't dispute he wrote those words and I'm prepared to accept it may be an idea he had sympathy with, but he didn't really say it, did he? His character did. The same is true of many Oscar Wilde quotes.
Other authors too have their character's words directly attributed to them. Is this fair? Must we be held to account for everything our bad guys say and do, even if we've punished them ourselves or had them see the light by the end of the final chapter?
Something Oscar Wilde reputedly said himself, rather than via a character was during a customs check. 'I have nothing to declare but my genius'. I can't use that one myself*, so here's a picture of me not resisting temptation.
*as I'm sooooo much more complex ;-)
Do you have any favourite, or funny, literary quotes?