Irish poet, playwright, and aesthete (1854–1900)
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for gross indecency for consensual homosexual acts in "one of the first celebrity trials", imprisonment, and early death from meningitis at age 46.
Oscar Wilde Quotes
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
All art is quite useless.
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.