Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

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

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All art is quite useless.


Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Only the shallow know themselves.

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art`s aim.


There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.


Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

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

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

To define is to limit.

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.


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