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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The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.

The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling, save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.

In America the President reigns for four years and Journalism governs forever and ever.

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

In married life three is company and two none.

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

Society exists only as a mental concept, in the real world there are only individuals.

There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob, all authority is equally bad.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

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