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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A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

If one could only teach the English how to talk and the Irish how to listen society here would be quite civilized.

Only the shallow know themselves.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.

An excellent man, he has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.

Children begin by loving their parents, after a time they judge them, rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.

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