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

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion—these are the two things that govern us.

All the spring may be hidden in the single bud, and the low ground nest of the lark may hold the joy that is to herald the feet of many rose-red dawns.

It was only in the theatre that I lived.

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

I would sooner lose my best friend than my worst enemy. To have friends, you know, one need only be good-natured; but when a man has no enemy left there must be something mean about him.

Life is short, art is infinite.

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman!

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.

I hardly think that any Socialist, nowadays, would seriously propose that an inspector should call every morning at each house to see that each citizen rose up and did manual labour for eight hours.

Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.

You fill me with apprehension. The appeal to Antiquity is fatal to us who are romanticists.

The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise.