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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One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.

It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose.

I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.

Life is never fair and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

Why was I born with such contemporaries?

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

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