Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. - Wikipedia
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
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.
To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you.
To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
A kiss may ruin a human life.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
All art is quite useless.
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Punctuality is the thief of time.
Skepticism is the beginning of faith.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
True friends stab you in the front.
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
Duty is what one expects from others.
Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.
An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself.
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.
Ultimately the bond of all companionship, wheather in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.
Those whom the gods love grow young.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
America is the first country to have gone from barbarism to decadence without the usual intervening period of civilization.
A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
Life is one fool thing after another where as love is two fool things after each other.
Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
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 live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
I can resist everything except temptation.
Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
Men can be analyzed, women merely adored.
No man should have a secret from his wife; she invariably finds out.
Yet each man kills the thing he loves, from all let this be heard. Some does it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
A man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
More than half modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.
But what is the difference between literature and journalism? Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
Everyone who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.
The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
It is only about things that do not interest one, that one can give a really unbiased opinion; and this is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
Men always want to be a woman's first love; women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man's last romance.
Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose.
Where there is no exaggeration there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-à-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she'll tell anything.
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
Being prepared for loss is never the same as being ready for it.
We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
A divine falsehood is more powerful than any human truth.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there.
Do not speak ill of society, Algie. Only people who can't get in do that.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons.
I don't play accurately-any one can play accurately- but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Who, being loved, is poor?
Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.