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

The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.

The fatality of good resolutions is that they are always too late.

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

The condition of idleness is perfection; the aim of perfection is youth.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.

Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime.

Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Society often forgives the criminal... never the dreamer.

Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it.

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.

Religion is a fashionable substitute for Belief.

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

Punctuality is the thief of time.

Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.

Pleasure is the only thing to live for. Nothing ages like happiness.

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.

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