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

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not.

Misfortunes one can endure, they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's faults - ah! there is this sting of life.

Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious, both are disappointed.

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women like to be a man's last romance.

Marriage is the one subject on which all women agree and all men disagree.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Man is a rational [reasonable] animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.

Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see Life as a whole: by which, and by which alone, we can understand others in their real as in their ideal relations.

Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but molds it to its purpose.

Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams.

Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship; and it is by far the best ending for one.

Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.

I've put my genius into my life; I've only put my talent into my works.

It's either the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go. [These were his dying words.]

It's always with the best intentions that the worst work is done.

It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style.

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.

It is only through Art and through Art only that we can realize our perfection; Through Art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

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