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

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.

It is better a dish of illusion and a healthy appetite for life, than a feast of reality and indigestion there with.

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

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.

Insincerity is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humaor is provided to console him from what he is.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.

If you wish to understand others, you must intensify your own individualism.

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

If God really wanted to punish, he'd answer all our prayers.

I was a man who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age. . . . The gods had given me almost everything. I had genius, a distinguished name, high social position, brilliancy, intellectual daring; I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men and the color of things: there was nothing I said or did that did not make people wonder... I treated Art as the supreme reality, and life as a mere mode of fiction: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.

I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.

I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.

I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.

I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

I forget that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, therefore what one does in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the housetops.

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.

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