The only way to get rid of a 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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Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.

But I don't want money. It is only people who pay their bills who want that, Uncle George, and I never pay mine.

A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.

LADY BRACKNELL: It is my last reception, and one wants something that will encourage conversation, particularly at the end of the season when every one has practically said whatever they had to say, which, in most cases, was probably not much.

In the cave of black Despair: He only looked upon the sun, And drank the morning air.

My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.

Duty is what one expects from others.

Then the curtain rises, and you will see the girl to whom I am going to give all my life, to whom I have given everything that is good in me.

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

You are remarkably modern, Mabel. A little too modern, perhaps. Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern. One is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly.

As for omens, there is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.

It was you I thought of all the time, I gave to them the love you did not need: lavished on them a love that was not theirs.

The best way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

He made me see what Life is, and what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both.