Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

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

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The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

True friends stab you in the front.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

You prefer to be natural? [...] It is such a very difficult pose to keep up.

Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.

There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. A marriage in which there is love, but on one side only; faith, but on one side only; devotion, but on one side only, and in which of the two hearts one is sure to be broken.

Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

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