Dorian Gray had been poisoned by a book.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.

And the trees were so glad to have the children back again that they had covered themselves with blossoms, and were waving their arms gently above the children's heads.

He who would be free,' says a fine thinker, ‘must not conform.' And authority, by bribing people to conform, produces a very gross kind of over-fed barbarism amongst us.

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure.

Prosperity, pleasure and success, may be rough of grain and common in fibre, but sorrow is the most sensitive of all created things.

There is a luxury in self-reproach.

As the painter looked at the gracious and comely form he had so skilfully mirrored in his art, a smile of pleasure passed across his face, and seemed about to linger there.

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is a man's original virtue.

Mi bella princesa, your funny little dwarf will never dance again. It is a pity; for he is so ugly that he might have made the King smile. 'But why will he never dance again?' asked the Infanta laughing. Because his heart is broken, answered the Chamberlain.

I am off to Paris by the midnight train, and I wanted particularly to see you before I left. I thought it was you, or rather your fur coat, as you passed me. But I wasn't quite sure.

I should fancy that crime was to them what art is to us, simply a method of procuring extraordinary sensations.

The one charm about the past is that it is the past.

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.