Oscar Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills

Oscar
Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills
1854
1900

Irish Writer, Poet, Playwright and Aesthete remembered for his Epigrams, Plays and Sardonic Faustian themed "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Flamboyant Lifestyle, Tragedy of his Imprisonment followed by his early death

Author Quotes

To become the spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.

To be intelligible is to be found out.

To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.

Those who have much are often greedy, those who have little always share.

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love's tragedies.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

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

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

The story of mankind began in a garden and ended in revelations.

The soul is born old, but it grows young; that is the comedy of life. The body is born young and grows old; that is life's tragedy.

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.

The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist the hole.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

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

The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.

The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.

The heart was made to be broken.

Author Picture
First Name
Oscar
Last Name
Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills
Birth Date
1854
Death Date
1900
Bio

Irish Writer, Poet, Playwright and Aesthete remembered for his Epigrams, Plays and Sardonic Faustian themed "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Flamboyant Lifestyle, Tragedy of his Imprisonment followed by his early death