It is only about things that do not interest one, that one can give a really unbiassed opinion; and this is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.

Ah, my dear Basil, that is exactly why I can feel it. Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.

Our weakest motives were those of whose nature we were conscious. It often happened that when we thought we were experimenting on others we were really experimenting on ourselves.

Dorian's whims are laws to everybody, except himself.

The world hates Individualism.

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.

LADY BRACKNELL: It is my last reception, and one wants something that will encourage conversation, particularly at the end of the season when every one has practically said whatever they had to say, which, in most cases, was probably not much.

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us.

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.

Cecily: Miss Prism says that all good looks are a snare.

There is no sin except stupidity.

Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.

Suddenly a dog bayed in the wood, and the dancers stopped, and going up two by two, knelt down, and kissed the man's hands. As they did so, a little smile touched his proud lips, as a bird's wing touches the water and makes it laugh. But there was disdain in it.

There are only two ways, as you know, of becoming civilized. One is by being cultured, the other is by being corrupt.