Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

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Ah! it is so easy to convert others. It is so difficult to convert oneself. To arrive at what one really believes, one must speak through lips different from one's own. To know the truth one must imagine myriads of falsehoods.

He was afraid of certainty.

Would you be in any way offended if I said that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection?

He to whom the present is the only thing that is present knows nothing of the age in which he lives. To realise the nineteenth century one must realise every century that has preceded it and that has contributed to its making.

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.

One should not look at anything. Neither at things, nor at people should one look. Only in mirrors is it well to look, for mirrors do but show us masks.

There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God.

Behind the perfection of a man's style, must lie the passion of a man's soul.

I must remember that a good friend is a new world.

It was winter, and a night of bitter cold. The snow lay thick upon the ground, and upon the branches of the trees: the frost kept snapping the little twigs on either side of them, as they passed: and when they came to the Mountain-Torrent she was hanging motionless in air, for the Ice-King had kissed her.