Oscar Wilde

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


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There is no sin except stupidity
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing
The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible
The security of Society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of Society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands
The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are
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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."