It may be bad manner to appear here smoking, but it is far worse to disturb me when I am smoking.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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I'll see if I can't make the bitter waters sweet by the intensity of love I bear you.

Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.... A new Hedonism--that is what our century wants.

There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.

I should fancy that crime was to them what art is to us, simply a method of procuring extraordinary sensations.

But above all things was it a return to Nature - that formula which seems to suit so many and such diverse movements: they would draw and paint nothing but what they saw, they would try and imagine things as they really happened.

To look wise is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier.

A man cannot be too careful in his choice of enemies. I have not got one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.

You have never been poor, and never known what ambition is. Wealth has given me enormous power. It gave me at the very outset of my life freedom, and freedom is everything.

With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stock-broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge overdressed dowagers and tedious academicians, I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me.

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.

He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and wine were on his hands When they found him with the dead.

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar and often convincing.

Whatever music sounds like, I am glad to say it does not sound in the smallest degree like German.

As for being poisoned by a book, there is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. That is all.