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About Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer and playwright.
Works: "The Importance of Being Earnest" (play), "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (novel).
He was one of London's most popular and best-selling playwrights and writers in the early 1890's. His novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" has been adapted into dozens of films, stage plays and TV series and it has become a classic.
His Personal Life
He was married to Constance Lloyd and they had 2 children. He was a bisexual and he had many extramarital affairs.
He was prosecuted for libel by his lover's father and he was eventually convicted and imprisoned for 2 years' hard labour during the late 1890's. He died destitute in Paris. He was only 46 years old.
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Famous quotes by Oscar Wilde
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.Oscar Wilde
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.Oscar Wilde
A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.Oscar Wilde
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.Oscar Wilde
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.Oscar Wilde
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.Oscar Wilde
All art is quite useless.Oscar Wilde
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.Oscar Wilde
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.Oscar Wilde
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.Oscar Wilde
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.Oscar Wilde
An excellent man he has no enemies and none of his friends like him.Oscar Wilde
Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.Oscar Wilde
Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.Oscar Wilde
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.Oscar Wilde
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.Oscar Wilde
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.Oscar Wilde
Biography lends to death a new terror.Oscar Wilde
Children begin by loving their parents after a time they judge them rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.Oscar Wilde
Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.Oscar Wilde
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.Oscar Wilde
Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.Oscar Wilde
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.Oscar Wilde
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.Oscar Wilde
Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.Oscar Wilde
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.Oscar Wilde
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.Oscar Wilde
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.Oscar Wilde
Hatred is blind, as well as love.Oscar Wilde
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.Oscar Wilde
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.Oscar Wilde
How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.Oscar Wilde
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.Oscar Wilde
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.Oscar Wilde
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.Oscar Wilde
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.Oscar Wilde
I put all my genius into my life I put only my talent into my works.Oscar Wilde
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.Oscar Wilde
I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.Oscar Wilde
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.Oscar Wilde
I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.Oscar Wilde
I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.Oscar Wilde
I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.Oscar Wilde
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.Oscar Wilde
If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.Oscar Wilde
If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.Oscar Wilde
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.Oscar Wilde
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.Oscar Wilde
In married life three is company and two none.Oscar Wilde
In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.Oscar Wilde
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.Oscar Wilde
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.Oscar Wilde
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.Oscar Wilde
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.Oscar Wilde
It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.Oscar Wilde
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.Oscar Wilde
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.Oscar Wilde
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.Oscar Wilde
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.Oscar Wilde
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.Oscar Wilde
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.Oscar Wilde
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.Oscar Wilde
Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.Oscar Wilde
Men marry because they are tired women, because they are curious both are disappointed.Oscar Wilde
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.Oscar Wilde
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.Oscar Wilde
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.Oscar Wilde
Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.Oscar Wilde
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.Oscar Wilde
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.Oscar Wilde
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.Oscar Wilde
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.Oscar Wilde
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.Oscar Wilde
Society exists only as a mental concept in the real world there are only individuals.Oscar Wilde
Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go.Oscar Wilde
Success is a science if you have the conditions, you get the result.Oscar Wilde
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.Oscar Wilde
The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.Oscar Wilde
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.Oscar Wilde
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.Oscar Wilde
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.Oscar Wilde
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.Oscar Wilde
The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.Oscar Wilde
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.Oscar Wilde
The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.Oscar Wilde
The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.Oscar Wilde
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.Oscar Wilde
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.Oscar Wilde
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.Oscar Wilde
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.Oscar Wilde
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.Oscar Wilde
There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.Oscar Wilde
This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.Oscar Wilde
Those whom the gods love grow young.Oscar Wilde
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.Oscar Wilde
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.Oscar Wilde
True friends stab you in the front.Oscar Wilde
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.Oscar Wilde
When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.Oscar Wilde
When good Americans die they go to Paris.Oscar Wilde
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.Oscar Wilde
Who, being loved, is poor?Oscar Wilde
Women are made to be loved, not understood.Oscar Wilde
Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.Oscar Wilde
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.Oscar Wilde
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.Oscar Wilde
F.A.Q. about Oscar Wilde
When is his birthday?
Oscar Wilde's birthday is on October 16, 1854.
In how many days is his birthday?
Oscar's birthday is in 103 days
How old was Oscar when he died?
He was 46 years old.
When did he die?
He died in November 30, 1900.
How old would he be today?
Oscar Wilde would be 167 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Oscar from?
He was born in Dublin, Ireland.