To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Most people discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
What is the chief cause of divorce? Marriage.
When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love and wise already had one in reserve.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.
One can always be kind to people one cares nothing about.
We Irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks.
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
Personal Impressions of America (Leadville) (1883)
The heart was made to be broken.
The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiveing one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what would calls a romance.
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has to go.
No man is rich enough to buy back his own past.
-An Ideal Husband (1895)
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
-The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
.The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
Why was I born with such contemporaries
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Only the shallow know themselves.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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.
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
I like men who have a future and women who have a past
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution