Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright.

After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, Oscar Wilde became one of London’s most popular playwrights 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“, imprisonment, and early death at age 46.

Oscar Wilde was born on 16 October 1854, at 21 Westland Row, Dublin.

As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new “English Renaissance in Art” and interior decoration, and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist.

Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.

Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

Oscar Wilde Quotes:

1. “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

2. “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.”

3. “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

4. “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.”

5. “I can now recreate life in a way that was hidden from me, before.’A dream of form in days of thought”

6. “Every single human being should be the fulfillment of a prophecy: for every human being should be the realization of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man.”

7. “Art begins with abstract decoration with purely imaginative and pleasurable work dealing with what is unreal and non-existent.”

8. “We should remember that all the arts are fine arts and all the arts decorative arts.”

9. “In life, there is really no great or small thing. All things are of equal value and of equal size.”

10. “I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colors.”

11. “Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.”

12. “because to influence a person is to give one’s own soul.”

13. “Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”

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