Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde 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. In 1897, in prison, he wrote De Profundis, which was published in 1905, a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure.
A Gentleman Is One Who Never Hurts Anyone's Feelings Unintentionally.
The Only Way To Get Rid Of Temptation Is To Yield To It... I Can Resist Everything But Temptation.
Whenever People Agree With Me I Always Feel I Must Be Wrong.
Keep Love In Your Heart. A Life Without It Is Like A Sunless Garden When The Flowers Are Dead.
Everything Popular Is Wrong.
I Think That God, In Creating Man, Somewhat Overestimated His Ability.
I Want My Food Dead. Not Sick, Not Dying, Dead.
Deceiving Others. That Is What The World Calls A Romance.
If You Pretend To Be Good, The World Takes You Very Seriously. If You Pretend To Be Bad, It Doesn't. Such Is The Astounding Stupidity Of Optimism.
It Is Only An Auctioneer Who Can Equally And Impartially Admire All Schools Of Art.
A Work Of Art Is The Unique Result Of A Unique Temperament.
No Object Is So Beautiful That, Under Certain Conditions, It Will Not Look Ugly.
Hatred Is Blind, As Well As Love.
Always Forgive Your Enemies - Nothing Annoys Them So Much.
When A Man Has Once Loved A Woman He Will Do Anything For Her Except Continue To Love Her.
How Marriage Ruins A Man! It Is As Demoralizing As Cigarettes, And Far More Expensive.
I Suppose Society Is Wonderfully Delightful. To Be In It Is Merely A Bore. But To Be Out Of It Is Simply A Tragedy.
There Is Nothing In The World Like The Devotion Of A Married Woman. It Is A Thing No Married Man Knows Anything About.
Arguments Are To Be Avoided: They Are Always Vulgar And Often Convincing.
No Woman Should Ever Be Quite Accurate About Her Age. It Looks So Calculating.
The Books That The World Calls Immoral Are Books That Show The World Its Own Shame.
There Is No Such Thing As A Moral Or An Immoral Book. Books Are Well Written, Or Badly Written.
Fathers Should Be Neither Seen Nor Heard. That Is The Only Proper Basis For Family Life.
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.
Man Is A Rational Animal Who Always Loses His Temper When He Is Called Upon To Act In Accordance With The Dictates Of Reason.
To Lose One Parent May Be Regarded As A Misfortune; To Lose Both Looks Like Carelessness.
It Is Better To Be Beautiful Than To Be Good. But... It Is Better To Be Good Than To Be Ugly.
Bigamy Is Having One Wife Too Many. Monogamy Is The Same.
There Is Only One Thing In Life Worse Than Being Talked About, And That Is Not Being Talked About.
The Salesman Knows Nothing Of What He Is Selling Save That He Is Charging A Great Deal Too Much For It.
A Thing Is Not Necessarily True Because A Man Dies For It.
It Is Absurd To Divide People Into Good And Bad. People Are Either Charming Or Tedious.
A Dreamer Is One Who Can Only Find His Way By Moonlight, And His Punishment Is That He Sees The Dawn Before The Rest Of The World.
Arguments Are Extremely Vulgar, For Everyone In Good Society Holds Exactly The Same Opinion.
Fashion Is A Form Of Ugliness So Intolerable That We Have To Alter It Every Six Months.
If One Cannot Enjoy Reading A Book Over And Over Again, There Is No Use In Reading It At All.
In All Matters Of Opinion, Our Adversaries Are Insane.
Questions Are Never Indiscreet, Answers Sometimes Are.
Only The Shallow Know Themselves.
One Can Survive Everything, Nowadays, Except Death, And Live Down Everything Except A Good Reputation.
Seriousness Is The Only Refuge Of The Shallow.
Why Was I Born With Such Contemporaries?
The Imagination Imitates. It Is The Critical Spirit That Creates.
I Always Pass On Good Advice. It Is The Only Thing To Do With It. It Is Never Of Any Use To Oneself.
Most People Die Of A Sort Of Creeping Common Sense, And Discover When It Is Too Late That The Only Things One Never Regrets Are One's Mistakes.
We Are All In The Gutter, But Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars.
One's Past Is What One Is. It Is The Only Way By Which People Should Be Judged.
I Never Travel Without My Diary. One Should Always Have Something Sensational To Read In The Train.
I Put All My Genius Into My Life; I Put Only My Talent Into My Works.
What We Have To Do, What At Any Rate It Is Our Duty To Do, Is To Revive The Old Art Of Lying.