It has all the terrible beauty of a Greek tragedy, a tragedy in which I took a great part, but by which I have not been wounded.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

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My own one, I have never loved anyone in the world but you.

I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.

Yet, as has been said of him before, no theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself.

The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial.

Don't squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar.

Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can't get into it do that.

Men become old, but they never become good.

I should fancy, however, that murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.

Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless…

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

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.

And as for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.

Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying.

The loves and sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plentitude.