I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. But while I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does, I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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I quite admit that modern novels have many good points. All I insist on is that, as a class, they are quite unreadable.

She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.

Conscience makes egotists of us all.

Read the whole book, suffer it to tell even one of its secrets to your soul, and your soul will grow eager to know more, and will feed upon poisonous honey, and make atonement for terrible pleasures that it has never known.

When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

No man comes across two ideal things. Few come across one.

Ah! what a nuisance people's people are!

He gives me good advice." Lord Henry smiled. "People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity.

The public is wonderfully tolerant; it forgives everything except genius.

To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.

If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties.

Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is.

Any place you love is the world to you.

It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free.