The whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new.

You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

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.

Do you know I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world. Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

And I will sing how sad Proserpina Unto a grave and gloomy Lord was wed, And lure the silver-breasted Helena Back from the lotus meadows of the dead, So shalt thou see that awful loveliness For which two mighty Hosts met fearfully in war's abyss! And.

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating--people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Good.

Don't spoil him. Don't try to influence him. Your influence would be bad. The world is wide and has many marvellous people in it. Don't take away from me the one person who gives to my art whatever charm that possesses: my life as an artist depends on him.

The curves of your lips rewrite history.

Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions.

What a fuss people make about fidelity!" exclaimed Lord Henry. "Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.

Have I not indeed been living in a dream? And am I not now dying a victim to the horror and the mystery of the wildest of all sublunary visions?

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible....

They have been through the fire, and what fire does not destroy, it hardens. She has had experiences.