Novelist, playwright and poet, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, was an eccentric and dazzling figure in 19th century European society. His legendary wit, dandish style and razor sharp personality brought him both fame and tragedy. He penned The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, The Happy Prince and Other Stories, Lady Windermer’s Fan, The Ballad of REading Gaol, among other works. Wilde was known for his literary and personal style but his witty rejoinders are perennially wise.
“I can resist everything except temptation.”
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
”I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
“When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.”
“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”
“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
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