Though your sins be as scarlet, yet I will make them as white as snow.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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I know not whether laws be right or whether laws be wrong.

There was blood on the painted feet, as though the thing had dripped--blood even on the hand that had not held the knife.

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I remember your saying once that there is a fatality about good resolutions—that they are always made too late. Mine certainly were.

She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.

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I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it.

Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

As he thought of it, a sharp pang of pain struck through him like a knife and made each delicate fibre of his nature quiver.

There was a silence. The evening darkened in the room. Noiselessly and with silver feet the shadows crept in from the garden. The colours faded wearily out of things.