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

Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude.

Biography lends to death a new terror.

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow one another like the withered leaves of autumn; but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity.

Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation.

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

Bad artists always admire each other’s work.

At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

As long as war is looked upon [regarded] as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked on as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known.

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.

Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.

And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

Ambition is the last refuge of failure.

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.

All great ideas are dangerous.

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means.

Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilization.

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