Oscar Wilde

16 Oct 1854 // 30 Nov 1900
Playwright / Novelist / Poet


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Why was I born with such contemporaries?
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong
When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is
When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs
When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her
To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life. It is no less than a denial of the soul
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."