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

Pessimist - one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.

One should absorb the color of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

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

One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then all life comes crowding into one single hour.

Nowadays 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.

Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.

Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.

No good deed goes unpunished.

No civilized man ever regrets a pleasure.

Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance.

Nature, whose sweet rains fall on just and unjust alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undetected. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole

My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.

Music is the perfect type of art.

Most people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life.

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

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