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

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.

I can resist anything except temptation.

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.

Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art.

Genius is an infinite capacity for giving pains.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.

Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.

Everyone who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Dreamers can find their way by moonlight and their only punishment is that they see the dawn before the rest of the world.

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Conscience and cowardice is really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.

Clergymen and peopled who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation.

Chastity is the greatest form of perversion.

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

But what is the difference between literature and journalism... Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.

But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid.

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