“The truth is rarely pure and never simple” Oscar Wilde

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Man in a scene from the film 'A Man Of No Importance', 1994. (Photo by Sony Pictures Classics/Getty Images)

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, the early 1890s saw him become one of the most popular playwrights in London. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for “gross indecency”, imprisonment, and early death at age 46.

Some of the brilliant quotes ;

  • A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
  • Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force.
  • There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating – people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
  • Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
  • Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
  • Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
  • The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a futur
  • Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
  • Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
  • If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
  • It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly. -It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.
  • A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.
  • With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
  • If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
  • Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
  • It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  • To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
  • Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
  • I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
  • Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about .
  • There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about .
  • Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
  • I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
  • If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
  • It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
  • The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
  • You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
  • I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there .
  • Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
  • A good friend will always stab you in the front.
  • Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

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