Oscar Wilde

Author of The Picture of Dorian Gray and 90+ Books

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of many short stories, as well as a novel. He became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day, known for his biting wit and abundance of aphorisms. Several of his plays, especially The Importance of Being Earnest, continue to be widely performed. Wilde suffered a dramatic fall as a result o... f a widespread series of trials and was imprisoned with other men for two years of hard labor after being convicted of "gross indecency." Following Wilde's release from prison, the night ferry set sail for Dieppe. He never came back to Ireland or the UK and died in poverty.READ MORE

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Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

Art   Life   Paradox

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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