Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

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

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

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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.

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

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I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.


If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else`s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.


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