Quotes on Love:
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
Quotes on life:
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
No good deed goes unpunished.
I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. He was born to Anglo-Irish intellectual parents in Dublin. He was an alumnus of Trinity College, Dublin and Oxford University.
Wilde published the first version of The Picture of Dorian Gray as the lead story in the July 1890 edition of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. He revised the story extensively, added six new chapters and published it as a novel which eventually turned out to be his only book. In 2014, Robert McCrum of The Guardian deemed it the 27th best novel ever written in English.
Wilde wrote Salome (1891) in French while in Paris. It was refused a licence in England due to its Biblical subject. An unperturbed Wilde went on to produce four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of the late-Victorian London.
In 1987, Richard Ellmann wrote a biography Oscar Wilde, for which he posthumously won a National (USA) Book Critics Circle Award in 1988 and a Pulitzer Prize in 1989. The book was the basis for the 1997 film Wilde, directed by Brian Gilbert and starring Stephen Fry as the title character.