Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite Irish authors.
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I remember reading The Portrait of Dorian Gray for the first time. I was instantly interested. Then I saw pictures, and I think I fell in love :)
And he said some great things:
"It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly."
"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is."
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."