The Corner

Who Said It?

Struck out with the dome-heads at AVQ

on this one, so let’s

see what hoi polloi (i.e. Corner readers) can come up with. Here’s the

original query, as sent to AVQ.

“I attach an e-mail exchange I recently had. Perhaps readers of AVQ might

be able to help.

“[A reader in Texas]–Mr Derbyshire, do you know who said something like:

’Whenever I see a friend succeed, a little part of me dies’? It’s either

Oscar Wilde or Samuel Pepys, unless it’s someone else. I thought you might

know. I couldn’t find it on Google. Thank you very much.

“[My reply]–Sounds Wildean, but he’s one of those people who get ’stuck’

with all sorts of clever remarks, like Mark Twain & Churchill. It’s often

very hard to track these things down. Anyway, it’s not in either of my

dicts of quots. And it’s a bit ‘off’ for Wilde — he was very conscious of,

& very pleased with, his own success. My guess _in vacuo_ would have been

Max Beerbohm. I do however know who said: ‘I have never for many years

heard of a friend’s death without envying him.’ That was Goethe.”

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