ON OCTOBER 16, 1854, Irish poet and playwright Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born to Anglo-Irish couple Jane, née Elgee and Sir William Wilde at 21 Westland Row, Dublin.
ON November 30, 1900, Irish playwright Oscar Wilde passed away of meningitis in Paris, aged 46.
His short life was full of just as much wit, comedy and drama as his enduringly popular plays and novels, including The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Sadly, the end of his life, particularly being put on trial for being gay, was the stuff of tragedy.
Here we pick out some of his and his characters' sharpest and wittiest words:
1. "Work is the curse of the drinking classes"
2. "A cynic is man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing"
3. "I can resist everything except temptation"
4. "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about"
5. "Be yourself; everyone else is taken"
6. "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness"
7. "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his"
8. "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
9. "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all"
10. "Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood"
11. "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance".
** Published on: Nov 30, 2015 by Katy Harrington