Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish poet, author, playwright
16 October 1854 — 30 November 1900

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In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.

Punctuality is the thief of time.

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

One should always play fairly... when one has the winning cards.

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.

Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one`s nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

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She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm.

Life is never fair [...]. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

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