My own personality has become a burden to me. I want to escape, to go away, to forget.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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Ugliness was the one reality.

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.

There was a rustle of chirruping sparrows in the green lacquer leaves of the ivy, and the blue cloud-shadows chased themselves across the grass like swallows.

People who mean well always do badly. They are like the ladies who wear clothes that don't fit them in order to show their piety. Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical. Man.

Upon the walls of the lonely locked room where he had spent so much of his boyhood, he had hung with his own hands the terrible portrait whose changing features showed him the real degradation of his life, and in front of it had draped the purple-and-gold pall as a curtain.

Show respect for age. Drink good scotch for a change. The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.

I could deny myself the pleasure of talking, but not to others the pleasure of listening.

You are what you read.

I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you useful information. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

The more the public is interested in artists, the less it is interested in art. The personality of the artist is not a thing the public should know about. It is too accidental.

The King gave orders that the page's salary was to be doubled. As he received no salary at all this was not of much use to him, but it was considered a great honour, and was duly published in the Court Gazette.

Grass is hard and lumpy and damp, and full of dreadful black insects.

Men become old, but they never become good.

None of us men do look what we really are. Demmed good thing, too.