You know how I love secrecy. It is the only thing that can make modern life wonderful or mysterious to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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Pleasure is the only thing one should live for, nothing ages like happiness.

I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simple beasts.

Dear Christ! the very prison walls Suddenly seemed to reel, And the sky above my head became Like a casque of scorching steel; And, though I was a soul in pain, My pain I could not feel.

Men are such cowards. They outrage every law of the world, and are afraid of the world's tongue.

When that high spirit, that morning star of evil, fell from heaven, it was as a rebel that he fell.

A misanthrope I can understand—a womanthrope, never!

People who shout so loud, my lords, do nothing; the only men I fear are silent men.

That's an awful thing,a womans memory.

And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.

The English novels are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. But one should not be too severe on them. They show a want of knowledge that must be the result of years of study.

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.

As for marriage, of course that would be silly, but there are other and more interesting bonds between men and women.

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.

Why didn't you tell me that the only thing worth loving is an actress?