Life cannot be written; life can only be lived.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish


Life cannot be written; life can only be lived. Oscar Wilde

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Quite so," answered the young lord. "It is the problem of slavery, and we try to solve it by amusing the slaves.

Sibyl Vane moved like a creature from a finer world. Her body swayed, while she danced, as a plant sways in the water. The curves of her throat were the curves of a white lily. Her hands seemed to be made of cool ivory.

Neither at things, nor at people should one look. Only in mirrors should one look, for mirrors do but show us masks.

On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.

People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self.

Cecily is the sweetest, dearest, prettiest girl in the whole world. And I don't care twopence about social possibilities.

I don't know what to do about Mrs. Erlynne. Egad! I might be married to her; she treats me with such demmed indifference.

The aim of all art is simply to make life more joyous.

Why had it been left for a stranger to reveal him to himself?

No married man is ever attractive except to his wife. Chasuble.

It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.

Biography lends to death a new terror.

The drawback of stealing a thing, is that one never knows how wonderful the thing that one steals is.

Let me be surrounded by luxury, I can do without the necessities!