I have nothing to declare but my genius
What's the meaning of the phrase 'I have nothing to declare but my genius'?
Supposedly said by Oscar Wilde at Customs Control in New York, 1882.
What's the origin of the phrase 'I have nothing to declare but my genius'?
Wilde did visit the USA and this quotation is certainly in keeping with his style. There's no evidence to prove conclusively that he said it though and it doesn't appear in print until 1914. His US tour was very successful and Wilde became quite famous there, so it is also possible that the 'quotation' was made up for him.
Statue to Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square, Dublin (nicknamed 'the Quare in the Square').
See also - 'the floozie in the jacuzzi'.