Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university, Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aesthetic... More


Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde #Age

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
Oscar Wilde #Art #Work

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Oscar Wilde #Art #Great

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Oscar Wilde #Art

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Oscar Wilde #Art #Life

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
Oscar Wilde #Art

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Oscar Wilde #Art

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
Oscar Wilde #Art

All art is quite useless.
Oscar Wilde #Art #Great #Work

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
Oscar Wilde #Art

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
Oscar Wilde #Attitude

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde #Best #Friendship

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
Oscar Wilde #Art

What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
Oscar Wilde #Courage #Strength

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
Oscar Wilde #Death

Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
Oscar Wilde #Death #Good

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
Oscar Wilde #Death

Biography lends to death a new terror.
Oscar Wilde #Dreams

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde #Education #Time

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

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Oscar Wilde #Experience

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Oscar Wilde #Failure

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde #Family #Life

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Oscar Wilde #Food

I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
Oscar Wilde #Forgiveness

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.