Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright.
After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for "gross indecency", imprisonment, and early death at age 46.
Ah! realise your youth while you have it.Don't squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age.Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations.Be afraid of nothing....
The aim of life is self-development.To realise one's nature perfectly—that is what each of us is here for.People are afraid of themselves, nowadays.They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self.Of course they are charitable.They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar.But their own souls starve, and are naked.Courage has gone out of our race.Perhaps we never really had it.The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion—these are the two things that govern us.