The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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But the picture? What was he to say of that? It held the secret of his life, and told his story. It had taught him to love his own beauty. Would it teach him to loathe his own soul? Would he ever look at it again?

Ah! then it must be an illusion. The things one feels absolutely certain about are never true. That is the fatality of faith, and the lesson of romance.

With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.

This wallpaper is dreadful, one of us will have to go.

Art had no moral responsibility. Art, he argued, should strive only to be a beautiful object entirely separate from its creator.

It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.

There are works which wait, and which one does not understand for a long time; the reason is that they bring answers to questions which have not yet been raised; for the question often arrives a terribly long time after the answer.

Doom that walks always swiftly, because she goes to the shedding of blood.

If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart.

We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us.

When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me.

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.

Even if I had not been waiting but had shut the doors against you, you should have remembered that no one can possibly shut the doors against love forever.

Everything in moderation, including moderation.