Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde, full name Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin. He is an Irish Playwright and Poet. He is well- known for his witty and intelligent works including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.

 

The Life Of Oscar Wilde

His father was a prestige surgeon, and his mother was a writer. Because of his parent's successes, Oscar Wilde had an outstanding childhood. He attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, a reputable school in Ireland. After attending high school, Oscar studied at Trinity College in Dublin where he received many awards. At this point, he was gaining attention for his unique writing and lifestyle.

Oscar Wilde moved to Oxford, England and attended Magdalen College where he began his writing career. In 1878, he published his first poem "Ravenna" and awarded the Newdigate prize. In 1886, he started to practice homosexuality, which was against the Victorian moral code, but he used this as an inspiration for his writing. He was later on convicted and found guilty of homosexuality, a criminal offense at that time.

What Can We Learn From Oscar Wilde?

Always remember your roots 

After moving to Oxford, Oscar likes to joke about forgetting his Irish accent. His play Salomé was prohibited in London. Then he said the following quote "I will not consent to call myself a citizen of a country that shows such narrowness in artistic judgment, I am not English. I am Irish". Living in another country, Oscar was still embracing his Irish culture, and never forgot his birth country. And, he refuses to call himself English if they won't accept his roots and beliefs.

Education Is Important

He attended Trinity College and Oxford. He took his education seriously and was even awarded. We don’t need to attend prestige schools like Oscar, but knowing certain topics are important to being citizens.

No Job Is Ever Degrading
Having an unstable position as a lecturer, he needed to earn more money to survive. To do so, he became an editor for a woman's magazine, offering fashion tips.
Don't live a Double Life

Oscar Wilde had multiple hidden affairs and had a series of sexual encounters with younger men and 'rent boys.' He lived a double life that had a major effect on his life.

   

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Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde on Poor and Love

Who, being loved, is poor?
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Oscar Wilde On Friendship

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a
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Oscar Wilde On Perfection

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth. Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde On Parents

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde On Ignorance

Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone. Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde on consistency

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
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Oscar Wilde On Writing

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by
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Oscar Wilde- The best way to appreciate your job

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.      Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde- A kiss may ruin a human life

A kiss may ruin a human life.      Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde- The smallest act of kindness

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.      Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde- To give and not expect return

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde- Looking Younger Than Daughter

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.      Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde- You can never be overdressed or overeducated

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.      Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde- Those Who Are Faithful Know The Pleasures Of Love

Those who are faithful know only the pleasures of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.      Oscar Wilde
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Comfort From Our Civilization- Oscar Wilde

Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us.      Oscar Wilde
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