Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde

Everyone may not be good, but there's always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. We all have clouds above us but some see their silver linings. We all face difficulties but some of us are grateful that they aren't worse. Oscar Wilde

True love is just like regular love, but with more truth. Oscar Wilde

Nature constantly imitates art. Oscar Wilde

I can resist anything but temptation. Oscar Wilde

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. Oscar Wilde

One should absorb the color of life. Oscar Wilde

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde

The pen is mightier than the paving-stone Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars'. Oscar Wilde

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all Oscar Wilde

I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person. Oscar Wilde

Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work's the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde

There can be nothing more frequent than an occasional drink. Oscar Wilde

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. Oscar Wilde

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage. They must also be extraordinarily stupid. Oscar Wilde

In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilization. Oscar Wilde

However, it is always nice to be expected, and not to arrive. Oscar Wilde

Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage makes her something like a public building. Oscar Wilde

Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile. Oscar Wilde

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. Oscar Wilde

The secret of life is in art. Oscar Wilde

Fashion: by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal. Oscar Wilde

The world has been made by fools that wise men may live in it. Oscar Wilde

An egg is always an adventure; the next one may be different. Oscar Wilde

Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old. Oscar Wilde

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left. ALGERNON: We have. JACK: I should extremely like to meet them. What do they talk about? ALGERNON: The fools? Oh! about the clever people of course. JACK: What fools. Oscar Wilde

The world is made by the singer for the dreamer. Oscar Wilde

Even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others. Modern, no less then Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable. Oscar Wilde

In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. Oscar Wilde

There is nothing that stirs in the whole world of thought to which sorrow does not vibrate in terrible and exquisite pulsation. Oscar Wilde

I now see that sorrow, being the supreme emotion of which man is capable, is at once the type and test of all great art. Oscar Wilde

There are times when sorrow seems to me to be the only truth. Oscar Wilde

In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one. Oscar Wilde

Dear little Swallow,' said the Prince, 'you tell me of marvelous things, but more marvelous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Oscar Wilde

The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde

God and other artists are always a little obscure..... Oscar Wilde

Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day. Oscar Wilde

He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression... Oscar Wilde

We spend our days, each one of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in Art. Oscar Wilde

Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed. People talk sometimes of secret vices, there are no such things. If a wretched man has a vice, it shows itself in the lines of his mouth, the droop of his eyelids, the moulding of his hands even. Oscar Wilde

Before Turner there was no fog in London. Oscar Wilde

I may have said the same thing before... but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different. Oscar Wilde

LORD GORING: I am glad you have called. I am going to give you some good advice. MRS. CHEVELEY: Oh! pray don't. One should never give a woman anything that she can't wear in the evening. Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love's tragedies. Oscar Wilde

To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde

Dear little Swallow," said the Prince, "you tell me of marvelous things, but more marvelous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Oscar Wilde

A man who takes himself too seriously will find that no one else takes him seriously. Oscar Wilde

Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women. It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it. Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize Oscar Wilde

I am tired of myself to-night. I should like to be somebody else. Oscar Wilde

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. Oscar Wilde

Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two. Oscar Wilde

The greatest of all sins is stupidity. Oscar Wilde

Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. Oscar Wilde

Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore. Oscar Wilde

Yet, even for us, there is left some loveliness of environment, and the dullness of tutors and professors matters very little when one can loiter in the grey cloisters at Magdalen, and listen to some flute-like voice singing in Waynfleete's chapel, or lie in the green meadow, among the strange snakespotted fritillaries, and watch the sunburnt noon smite to a finer gold the tower's gilded vanes, or wander up the Christ Church staircase beneath the vaulted ceiling's shadowy fans, or pass through the sculptured gateway of Laud's building in the College of St. John. Oscar Wilde

It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. Oscar Wilde

Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life. Oscar Wilde

The job of the critic is to report to us his moods. Oscar Wilde

The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction. Oscar Wilde

In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth. Oscar Wilde

Chrysanthemums from gilded argosy Unload their gaudy senseless merchandise. Oscar Wilde

Loveless marriages are horrible. But there is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. A marriage in which there is love, but on one side only; faith, but on one side only; devotion, but on one side only, and in which of the two hearts one is sure to be broken. Oscar Wilde

Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development. Oscar Wilde

The great poet is always a seer, seeing less with the eyes of the body than he does with the eyes of the mind. Oscar Wilde

Talent borrows, genius steals! Oscar Wilde

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