And each man kills the thing he loves.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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Though your sins be as scarlet, yet I will make them as white as snow.

The moon peered through a mane of tawny clouds, as if it were a lion's eye, and innumerable stars spangled the hollow vault, like a gold dust powdered on a purple dome.

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.

When poverty creeps in at the door, love flies through the window.

To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice.

It was the passions about whose origin we deceived ourselves that tyrannized most strongly over us.

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.

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.

The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to some one else, if she is plain.

I often wonder what would have happened to those in pain if, instead of Christ, there had been a Christian.

He grew more and more enamoured of his own beauty, more and more interested in the corruption of his own soul.

The trouble with women is, that when they grow up, they turn into their mothers. The trouble with men is, that they don't.

Cecily is the sweetest, dearest, prettiest girl in the whole world. And I don't care twopence about social possibilities.

I am always late on principle, my principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.