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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Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life, now that I am old I know that it is.

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down everything, except a good reputation.

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious, both are disappointed.

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.

There is no sin except stupidity.

I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.

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