Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.

To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.

Intellect is in itself an exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid.

The girl laughed again. The joy of a caged bird was in her voice.

Beauty is a form of Genius--is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.

No, we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Each of us has heaven and hell in him...

But he felt afraid of him, and ashamed of being afraid. Why had it been left for a stranger to reveal him to himself?

I don't think there is a woman in the world who would not be a little flattered if one made love to her. It is that which makes women so irresistibly adorable.

It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. And even more courage to see it in the one you love.

Beer, the Bible, and the seven deadly virtues have made our England what she is.

The Odyssey was written by Homer, or another Greek of the same name.

Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.

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.