I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

A man whose desire is to be something separate from himself, to be a member of Parliament, or a successful grocer, or a prominent solicitor, or a judge, or something equally tedious, invariably succeeds in being what he wants to be. That is his punishment. Those who want a mask have to wear it.

Some things are too important to be taken seriously.

What absurd fellows you are, both of you! I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given.

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

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

Mediæval art is charming, but mediæval emotions are out of date. One can use them in fiction, of course; but then the only things that one can use in fiction are the only things that one has ceased to use in fact.

You came to me to learn the Pleasure of Life and the Pleasure of Art. Perhaps I am chosen to teach you something much more wonderful, the meaning of Sorrow and its beauty.

The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.

There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings.

I would give my soul for that!

I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.