Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. Oscar Wilde

Private information is practically the source of every large modern fortune. Oscar Wilde

Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. Oscar Wilde

You know what a woman's curiosity is. Oscar Wilde

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Oscar Wilde

All bad art is the result of good intentions. Oscar Wilde

There are works which wait, and which one does not understand for a long time; the reason is that they bring answers to questions which have not yet been raised; for the question often arrives a terribly long time after the answer. Oscar Wilde

My Salome is a mystic the sister of Salammbo a Saint Therese who worships the moon. Oscar Wilde

It is curious how vanity helps the successful man and wrecks the failure. Oscar Wilde

Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach thy hand, For I am drowning in a stormier sea Than Simon on thy lake of Galilee Oscar Wilde

In fact, the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.... The Japanese people are ... simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art. Oscar Wilde

The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing at all. Oscar Wilde

ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl...I have ever met since...I met you. Oscar Wilde

Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold. Oscar Wilde

Finding the meaning of life is easy. Simply get a dictionary, go to the 'L' section, and find the word 'life.' Oscar Wilde

When asked what he thought of sports, Oscar Wilde replied, "I approve of any activity that requires the wearing of special clothing. Oscar Wilde

Just be your self. Everybody else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

The note of the perfect personality is not rebellion, but peace. Oscar Wilde

Most people are boring and stupid. Oscar Wilde

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working. Oscar Wilde

The Bostonians take their learning too sadly: culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their "Hub," as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Oscar Wilde

She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses but in all my garden there is no red rose. Oscar Wilde

We think that we are generous because we credit our neighbor with those virtues that are likely to benefit ourselves. We praise the banker that we may overdraw our account, and find good qualities in the highwayman in the hope that he may spare our pockets. Oscar Wilde

If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit. but if a friend of mine had a sorrow and refused to allow me to share it, I should feel it most bitterly. If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me, I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted so that I might share in what I was entitled to share. If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him, I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation. Oscar Wilde

Life would be dull without them. Oscar Wilde

A man's life is of more value than a woman's. It has larger issues, wider scope, greater ambitions. Our lives revolve in curves of emotions. It is upon lines of intellect that a man's life progresses. I have just learnt this, and much else with it, from Lord Goring. And I will not spoil your life for you, nor see you spoil it as a sacrifice to me, a useless sacrifice. Oscar Wilde

What is said of man is nothing; the point is, who says it. Oscar Wilde

The girl never really lived, and so she has never really died. Oscar Wilde

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole. Oscar Wilde

When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. Oscar Wilde

Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, life wouldn't be worth living. Oscar Wilde

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. Oscar Wilde

every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. Oscar Wilde

Oh, don't cough, Ernest. When one is dictating one should speak fluently and not cough. Besides, I don't know how to spell a cough. Oscar Wilde

You shut out from your society the gentle and the good. You laugh at the simple and the pure. living, as you all do, on other and by them, you need at self-sacrifice, and if you throw bread to the poor, it is merely to keep them quiet for a season. Oscar Wilde

It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming. Oscar Wilde

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty. Oscar Wilde

The aim of love is to love. No more, no less. Oscar Wilde

The worst thing to do with success, is to boast about it. Oscar Wilde

One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Oscar Wilde

It's either the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go. [These were his dying words.] Oscar Wilde

You can have your secret as long as I have your heart[.] Oscar Wilde

The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde

this woman is a genius in the day time and a beauty at night Oscar Wilde

He is fond of being misunderstood. It gives him a post of vantage. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay. Oscar Wilde

God knows; I won't be an Oxford don anyhow. I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Or perhaps I'll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then-who knows?-rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too. Oscar Wilde

If it took Labouchere three columns to prove that I was forgotten, then there is no difference between fame and obscurity. Oscar Wilde

I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime. Oscar Wilde

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success. Oscar Wilde

When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve. Oscar Wilde

MRS. ALLONBY: She told me yesterday, and in quite a loud voice too, that she was only eighteen. It was most annoying. LORD ILLINGWORTH: One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything. Oscar Wilde

Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility. Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness. Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive anything but a misprint. Oscar Wilde

As a pomegranate, cut in twain, White-seeded is her crimson mouth. Oscar Wilde

The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality. Oscar Wilde

Her hair is bound with myrtle leaves, (Green leaves upon her golden hair!) Green grasses through the yellow sheaves Of Autumn corn are not more fair. Oscar Wilde

The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life. Oscar Wilde

Anyone can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde

Day by day the old order of things changes, and new modes of thought pass over our world, and it may be that, before many years, talking will have taken the place of literature, and the personal screech silenced the music of impersonal utterance. Something of the dignity of the literary calling will probably be lost, and it is perhaps a dangerous thing for a country to be too eloquent. Oscar Wilde

Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Do' 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. Oscar Wilde

I am not at all cynical, I have merely got experience, which, however, is very much the same thing. Oscar Wilde

Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light. Oscar Wilde

Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me quite nervous. Oscar Wilde

The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me. Oscar Wilde

Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling. Oscar Wilde

With subtle and finely-wrought temperaments it is always so. Their strong passions must either bruise or bend. They either slay the man, or themselves die. Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The loves and the sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude. Oscar Wilde

Bad artists always admire each others work. Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise Oscar Wilde

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