It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. And even more courage to see it in the one you love.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.

And yet I don't suppose that ten per cent of the proletariat live correctly.

I am bound to say he never gave away any large sums of money to anybody. He is far too high-principled for that!

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods. Beauty is the symbol of symbols. Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing. When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-coloured world.

There are only two ways, as you know, of becoming civilized. One is by being cultured, the other is by being corrupt.

The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.

Some things are more precious because they don't last long.

Love is not fashionable anymore; the poets have killed it.

And each man kills the thing he loves.

Being adored is a nuisance. Women treat us just as humanity treats its gods. They worship us, and are always bothering us to do something for them.

At twilight nature becomes a wonderfully suggestive effect, and is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

Ah, on what little things does happiness depend.