Indeed a Quote with a lot of power. and meaning - coming from Earnest himself....very impressive really.
I believe he has been in this position so many times in his life, that the words came naturally to him.
I read in one of the many biographies, that he landed a big sea turtle on the deck of Pilar once, and flipped it on to the shell, to suffer in the merciless sun. His guests onboard tried - in vain to persuade him to act otherwise, but with no result.
A very strange and somehow split personality I think he was....clever, gifted and yet also cruel to animals ...exept for his dogs and cats, which makes it even more un-explainable I think.