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Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

Known for his biting wit and love of dressing flamboyantly, Oscar Wilde was a noted playwright in his time, penning a series of social satires, including The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and A Woman of No Importance. Imprisoned because of his sexual advances toward the Marquis of Queensbury, he wrote De Profundis, which was a thinly veiled address to his accuser. The trial…

Date of Birth: October 16, 1854
Date of Death: November 30, 1900


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Oscar Wilde

"The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion." Oscar Wilde
As quoted in The Riddle of Shakespeare's Sonnets: The Text of the Sonnets (1962) pg. 186 Written in a story by Wilde titled, "The Portrait of Mr. W.H." in 1889. The text contains quite a bit of reference and quotation to Shakespeare's sonnets. Add Category or Author

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Oscar Wilde

"The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy." Oscar Wilde
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Age And Aging    Life    Pearls of Wisdom   

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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go" Oscar Wilde
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"Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance." Oscar Wilde
A Woman of No Importance Act 2, (1893) Spoken by the character Mrs. Allonby. The precursor to this line is "When Ernest and I were engaged, he swore to me positively on his knees that he had never loved any one before in the whole course of his life. I was very young at the time, so I didn't believe him, I needn't tell you. Unfortunately, however, I made no enquiries of any kind till after I had been actually married four or five months. I found out then that what he had told me was perfectly true. And that sort of thing makes a man so absolutely uninteresting." Add Category or Author

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Oscar Wilde

"Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is." Oscar Wilde
No contextual information is available for this quote, beyond the fact that it is widely attributed to Wilde, who was a poet and dramatist. Add Category or Author

Famous    Humorous    Imagination    Top 100   

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"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." Oscar Wilde
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"Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more." Oscar Wilde
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"The final mystery is oneself." Oscar Wilde
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"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true." Oscar Wilde
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"Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one." Oscar Wilde
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"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." Oscar Wilde
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Adventure    inspirational    Life    Quote of the Day   

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"When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers." Oscar Wilde
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"The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat." Oscar Wilde
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Ugliness   

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"I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about." Oscar Wilde
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Funny    Quote of the Day    Self   

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"The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring." Oscar Wilde
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Love    Quote of the Day   

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"Who, being loved, is poor?" Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde

"Never speak disrespectfully of Society. Only people who can't get into it do that." Oscar Wilde
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Disrespect    Society   

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"Women are made to be loved, not understood." Oscar Wilde
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"No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly." Oscar Wilde
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"One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell anything." Oscar Wilde
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Birthday    Trust   

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"When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her." Oscar Wilde
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