Art is the only serious thing in the world, and the artist is the only person who is never serious.
rt is the only serious thing in the world, and the artist is the only person who is never serious.
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he 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 homosexuality, imprisonment, and early death at age 46.
In 2017, Wilde was among an estimated 50,000 men who were pardoned for homosexual acts that were no longer considered offences under the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The Act is known informally as the Alan Turing law.
A few of his famous Quotes…
“I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
ON THE WORLD AS A STAGE
“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
ON GETTING ADVICE
“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”
“When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.”
ON LIFE’S GREATEST TRAGEDIES
“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
ON HARD WORK
“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”
ON LIVING WITHIN ONE’S MEANS
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
ON TRUE FRIENDS
“True friends stab you in the front.”
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”