(1854 - 1900)


Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet.

"A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her."

"I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability."

"The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself."

"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."

"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."

"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."

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

"Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you."

"But what is the difference between literature and journalism? ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all."

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

"To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."

"I can resist anything but temptation."

"I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible."

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."

"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."

"It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information."

"I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about."

"A true friend stabs you in the front."

"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

"The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork."

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

"If you are not too long, I will wait for you all my life."

"Those who see any difference between sould and body have neither"

"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit."

"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."