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 public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

There are many things that we would throw away, if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful it does a great deal of harm.

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.

Everything popular is wrong.

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

It is always the unreadable that occurs.

Those whom the gods love grow young.

Biography lends to death a new terror.

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

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