At this present moment I am eating muffins because I am unhappy. Besides, I am particularly fond of muffins.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.

I shall show you my soul. You shall see the thing that you fancy only God can see.

It had taught him to love his own beauty. Would it teach him to loathe his own soul?

Kind words are lime to snare our enemies! I hold you in the hollow of my hand and have no need to waste kind words.

I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.

A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.

They spoil every romance by trying to make it last for ever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.

Upon the walls of the lonely locked room where he had spent so much of his boyhood, he had hung with his own hands the terrible portrait whose changing features showed him the real degradation of his life, and in front of it had draped the purple-and-gold pall as a curtain.

He was dreadfully short-sighted, and there was no pleasure in taking a husband who never sees anything.

The post on her left was occupied by Mr. Erskine of Treadley, an old gentleman of considerable charm and culture, who had fallen, however, into bad habits of silence, having, as he explained once to Lady Agatha, said everything that he had to say before he was thirty.

It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country.

My dear Hiram," cried Mrs. Otis, "what can we do with a woman who faints?" "Charge it to her like breakages," answered the Minister. "she won't faint after that.

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.

Great passions are for the great of soul, and great events can be seen only by those who are on a level with them.