To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

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Oscar Wilde said that sunsets were not valued because we could not pay for sunsets. But Oscar Wilde was wrong

- we can pay for sunsets. We can pay for them by not being Oscar Wilde.

Bosie has insisted on stopping here for sandwiches. He is quite like a narcissus -- so white and gold. I will come either Wednesday or Thursday night to your rooms. Send me a line. Bosie is so tired: he lies like a hyacinth on the sofa, and I worship him. (letter from Oscar Wilde, 1892 - quoted from Love in a dark time by Colm Toibin)

- Oscar Wilde

Yet ruled he not long, so great had been his suffering, and so bitter the fire of his testing, for after the space of three years he died. And he who came after him ruled evilly.

- Oscar Wilde, The Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast,

- Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde: "I wish I had said that." Whistler: "You will, Oscar; you will.

- James McNeill Whistler

Poor Aubrey: I hope he will get all right. He brought a strangely new personality to English art, and was a master in his way of fantastic grace, and the charm of the unreal. His muse had moods of terrible laughter. Behind his grotesques there seemed to lurk some curious philosophy…

- Oscar Wilde, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

- Oscar Wilde, The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde

Failure is only the name that we give to our mistakes."-Oscar Wilde

- Oscar Wilde

Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it.

- Oscar Wilde

[Referring to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde] ... Will civilization never reach humane ideals? Will men always punish most severely the sins they do not understand and which hold forth for them no temptation? Did Jesus suffer in vain?

- Frank Harris, Oscar Wilde

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.