Ambition is the last refuge of failure.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish


Ambition is the last refuge of failure. Oscar Wilde

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I was dominated, soul, brain, and power, by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream.

You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.

The waving of crooked, false-jeweled fingers gave grotesqueness to the words.

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly—that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self.

To win back my youth, there is nothing I wouldn't do - except take exercise, get up early, or be a useful member of the community.

It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free.

I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.

I never change, except in my affections.

Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age.

I consider that for any man of culture to accept the standard of his age as a form of the grossest immorality.

The tulip-beds across the road flamed like throbbing rings of fire. A white dust, tremulous cloud of orris-root it seemed, hung in the panting air. The brightly coloured parasols danced and dipped lik monstrous butterflies.

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

The more he knew, the more he desired to know. He had mad hungers that grew more ravenous as he fed them.

I suppose because we have no ruins and no curiosities, said Virginia satirically.