Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. World's had to be in travail, that the meanest flower might blow...

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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One cannot always keep an adder in one's breast to feed one, nor rise up every night to sow thorns in the garden of one's soul.

One should never give a woman anything that she can't wear in the evening.

Nobody is incapable of doing a foolish thing. Nobody is incapable of doing a wrong thing.

He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.

Muffins should always be eaten quite calmly, as it is the only way to eat them!

To realise one's nature perfectly—that is what each of us is here for.

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

But I loved Narcissus because as he lay on my banks and looked down at me, in the mirror of his eyes I saw ever my own beauty mirrored.

The ideal husband? There couldn't be such a thing. The institution is wrong.

He knew in what strange heavens they were suffering, and what dull hells were teaching them the secret of some new joy.

Good heavens! how marriage ruins a man! It's as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.

The sound of his own voice made him shudder, yet he almost hoped that Echo might hear him, and wake the slumbering city from its dreams.

What absurd fellows you are, both of you! I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given.

Life makes us pay too high a price for its wares, and we purchase the meanest of its secrets at a cost that is monstrous and infinite.