Where There’s a Will

The difference between stereotypes and clichés is that stereotypes are mostly accurate, and clichés mostly aren’t.

Oscar Wilde turned platitudes inside out—“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you place the blame”; “Work is the curse of the drinking classes”—and made them newly true. Since he returned often to the themes of Effort and Appearances, I’m surprised he never got around to smashing that rottenest of old chestnuts:

“The great ones make it look easy.”