Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest. As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.



Quotes by Oscar Wilde
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Punctuality is the thief of time Oscar Wilde

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity. Oscar Wilde

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. Oscar Wilde

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance. Oscar Wilde

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

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. Oscar Wilde

LORD GORING:I am glad you have called. I am going to give you some good advice.MRS. CHEVELEY:Oh! pray don't. One should never give a woman anything that she can't wear in the evening. Oscar Wilde

LORD GORING: My father told me to go to bed an hour ago. I don't see why I shouldn't give you the same advice. I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young. Oscar Wilde
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No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating. Oscar Wilde
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I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime. Oscar Wilde
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I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not. Oscar Wilde
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That does not seem to me to be a grave objection. Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Lady Dumbleton is an instance in point. To my own knowledge she has been thirty-five ever since she arrived at the age of forty, which was many years ago now. I see no reason why our dear Cecily should not be even still more attractive at the age you mention than she is at present. There will be a large accumulation of property. Oscar Wilde
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MRS. ALLONBY: She told me yesterday, and in quite a loud voice too, that she was only eighteen. It was most annoying. LORD ILLINGWORTH: One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything. Oscar Wilde
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America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde

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

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. Oscar Wilde

There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America. Oscar Wilde


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