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Oscar Wilde

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Biography : Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet.
Born: 1854 - Died: 1900
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
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Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray  






When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
Oscar Wilde - The soul of man under socialism  



When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.




Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde ? - Quotation of uncertain origin  






Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray  



Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.




There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
Oscar Wilde  






Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
Oscar Wilde  



Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

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






Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde - Lady Windermere's Fan  






Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Oscar Wilde - A Woman of No Importance  






It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.
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I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde  






Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Oscar Wilde  






Children begin by loving their parents after a time they judge them rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray  






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






Health is the primary duty of life.
Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest  






A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde  






Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray  






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






I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
Oscar Wilde






Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval.
Oscar Wilde - The soul of man under socialism  






He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray






It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it.
Oscar Wilde  






If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture.
Oscar Wilde  






I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.
Oscar Wilde  






Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.
Oscar Wilde






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






This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
Oscar Wilde






The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
Oscar Wilde






Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
Oscar Wilde  






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