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16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900; Oscar Wilde was a noted writer, poet, and playwright, famous for such works as "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray." He is also well-known for his involvement in the rise of aestheticism, an art movement whose focus was primarily on pleasing the senses than sending a particularly deep moral message. Wilde is rarely noted for his work in journalism, despite having worked as both a contributor and editor in many journals. Oscar Wilde's full name is Oscar Fingal O'Flathertie Wills Wilde. He was born in Dublin under two influential, intellectual parents. At both Trinity College and Oxford, Wilde was known for his charm and wit. He moved to London and began producing some of his most famed written works. Wilde married Constance Lloyd in 1884, though the married was admittedly rocky. Wilde's glamorous life came to a halt after affiliating with Lord Alfred Douglas – according to Alfred's father, the Marquess of Queensbury, these affiliations were homosexual in nature. Wilde brought the Marquess up on charges of criminal libel. Wilde was forced to drop the case when the Marquess threatened to present several male prostitutes who admitted to having sex with Wilde. The Marquess of Queensbury then launched a legal counterattack, won, and put Wilde into destitution. Wilde was then sentenced to two years hard labor, which he served. Upon his release, Wilde fled to France and never returned to London. He died at the age of 46, in the year 1900, reportedly impoverished.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

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

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in
between.
Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to
commit.
Oscar Wilde

Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his
punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde

Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden
to them.
Oscar Wilde

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.
Oscar Wilde

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after the fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the
uneatable.
Oscar Wilde

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
Oscar Wilde

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Oscar Wilde

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.
Oscar Wilde

Life's aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly
enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one. It is quite
dreadful. It makes one so nervous about the future.
Oscar Wilde

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.
Oscar Wilde

I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
Oscar Wilde

Good looks are a snare that every sensible man would like to be caught in.
Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference
between the sexes.
Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good
reputation.
Oscar Wilde

I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work
pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist.
It is far too easy.
Oscar Wilde

There are many things that we would throw away, if we were not afraid that others might
pick them up.
Oscar Wilde

Everything you have said today seems to me excessively immoral. It has been most
interesting, listening to you.
Oscar Wilde

Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel certain that they mean
something else.
Oscar Wilde

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

The world is simply divided into two classes - those who believe the incredible, like the public
- and those who do the improbable.
Oscar Wilde

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship,
love, but no friendship.
Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die, they go to Paris.
Oscar Wilde

A man cannot be too careful in his choice of enemies.
Oscar Wilde

To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live; to be
lulled into security is to die.
Oscar Wilde

I have nothing to declare except my genius.
Oscar Wilde, upon arriving at U.S. customs 1882

Give me the luxuries and anyone else can have the necessaries.
Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or
be respectable.
Oscar Wilde

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because
they sing a song only you can hear.
Oscar Wilde

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
Oscar Wilde

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