Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, 1891
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.