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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.
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- We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
- The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.
- Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
- America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
- The English public, as a mass, takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral.
- Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
- How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
- Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
- Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.
- No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
- One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
- Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.
- Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.