Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

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As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter she is perfectly satisfied.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.

The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores, the better.

The critic has to educate the public, the artist has to educate the critic.

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar it will cease to be popular.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

I have nothing to declare except my genuis.

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing it is always from the noblest motives.

Perhaps after all America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.

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