A true friend stabs you in the front.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish


A true friend stabs you in the front. Oscar Wilde

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One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

I'm so clever, I don't understand half of the things I'm saying.

Indeed, as a rule, everybody turns out to be somebody else.

All the spring may be hidden in the single bud, and the low ground nest of the lark may hold the joy that is to herald the feet of many rose-red dawns.

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

The ages live in history through their anachronisms.

One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.

Nothing is more evident than that Nature hates mind. Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.

I quite admit that modern novels have many good points. All I insist on is that, as a class, they are quite unreadable.

I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.

Yet, as has been said of him before, no theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself.

I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.

You have never been poor, and never known what ambition is.