Some red star had come too close to the earth.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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

My first impressions of people are invariably right.

The harmony of soul and body - how much that is! We in our madness have separated the two, and have invented a realism that is vulgar, and ideality that is void.

I felt that this grey, monstrous London of ours, with its myriads of people, its sordid sinners and its splendid sins.

Oh, I like tedious, practical subjects. What I don't like are tedious, practical people. There is a wide difference.

You can have your secret as long as I have your heart.

Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it.

I wish I could love," cried Dorian Gray with a deep note of pathos in his voice. "But I seem to have lost the passion and forgotten the desire. I am too much concentrated on myself. My own personality has become a burden to me. I want to escape, to go away, to forget. It was silly of me to come down here at all.

It was always once springtime in my heart.

The people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. (...) Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures.

Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life.

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

Artists have sex but art has none.

She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she kept all her illusions. She tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy.