Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Medievalism, with its saints and martyrs, its love of self-torture, its wild passion for wounding itself, its gashing with knives, and its whipping with rods - Medievalism is real Christianity, and the medieval Christ is the real Christ. Oscar Wilde

Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything. Yes, murmured Lord Henry, settling his button-hole in his coat; and when they grow older they know it. Oscar Wilde

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. Oscar Wilde

A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave. Oscar Wilde

Youth is the only thing worth having. Oscar Wilde

Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that influenced us. To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Then, and then only, does it comes into existence. Oscar Wilde

You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know. Oscar Wilde

The true artist is known by what he annexes, and he annexes everything. Oscar Wilde

People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity. Oscar Wilde

What the worm was to the corpse, his sins would be to the painted image on the canvas. They would mar its beauty, and eat away its grace. they would defile it, and make it shameful. And yet the thing would still live on. It would be always alive. (Dorian Gray regarding his portrait) Oscar Wilde

Bunbury? Oh, he was quite exploded. Exploded! Was he the victim of a revolutionary outrage? I was not aware that Mr. Bunbury was interested in social legislation. If so, he is well punished for his morbidity. My dear Aunt Augusta, I mean he was found out! The doctors found out that Bunbury could not , that is what I mean-so Bunbury died. He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians. Oscar Wilde

There was something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence. No other activity was like it. To project one's soul into some gracious form, and let it tarry there for a moment; to hear one's own intellectual views echoed back to one with all the added music of passion and youth; to convey one's temperament into another as though it were a subtle fluid or a strange perfume: there was a real joy in that-perhaps the most satisfying joy left to us in an age so limited and vulgar as our own, an age grossly carnal in its pleasures, and grossly common in its aims.... Oscar Wilde

There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful. Oscar Wilde

How clever are you, my dear! You never mean a single word you say! Oscar Wilde

For one moment our lives met, our souls touched. Oscar Wilde

Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to absolute oblivion. They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything. Oscar Wilde

Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets. Oscar Wilde

Life under a good government is rarely dramatic; life under a bad government is always so. Oscar Wilde

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. It is through the voice of one crying in the wilderness that the ways of the gods must be prepared. Oscar Wilde

The only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde

A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes. Oscar Wilde

If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation. Oscar Wilde

Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices. Oscar Wilde

The birds did not understand a single word of what he was saying, but that made no matter, for they put their heads on one side, and looked wise, which is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier. Oscar Wilde

Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude. Oscar Wilde

Whenever life sucks, remember you're going to die someday. Oscar Wilde

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action. Oscar Wilde

I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the house-tops. Oscar Wilde

One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. Oscar Wilde

It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation of the world, whatever may be the explanation of the next. Oscar Wilde

The English public takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral. Oscar Wilde

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. Oscar Wilde

The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are. Oscar Wilde

The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ Oscar Wilde

Full frontal nudity is reserved for Adam and Eve! Oscar Wilde

Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art. Oscar Wilde

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty Oscar Wilde

From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it. Oscar Wilde

I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering. Oscar Wilde

Her capacity for family affection is extraordinary. When her third husband died, her hair turned quite gold from grief. Oscar Wilde

Sphinxes without secrets. Oscar Wilde

I am a man of simple pleasures. The best suits me perfectly. Oscar Wilde

I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed. Oscar Wilde

An idea that isn't risky is hardly worth calling an idea. Oscar Wilde

Irony is wasted on the stupid Oscar Wilde

People say sometimes that Beauty is superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde

I must remember that a good friend is a new world. Oscar Wilde

It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way. Oscar Wilde

I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips Oscar Wilde

My desire to live is as intense as ever, and though my heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken: that is why God sends sorrow into the world. Oscar Wilde

Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is. Oscar Wilde

I have pleasures, and passions, but the joy of life is gone. I am going under: the morgue yawns for me. I go and look at my zinc-bed there. After all, I had a wonderful life, which is, I fear, over. Oscar Wilde

Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning. Oscar Wilde

The worst slave owners were those who were kind to their slaves Oscar Wilde

I played with an idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox. Oscar Wilde

It is always painful fo part from people whom one has known for a very brief space of time. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable. Oscar Wilde

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. Oscar Wilde

Love does not traffic in a marketplace, nor use a huckster's scales. Its joy, like the joy of the intellect, is to feel itself alive. The aim of Love is to love: no more, and no less. You were my enemy: such an enemy as no man ever had. I had given you all my life, and to gratify the lowest and most contemptible of all human passions, hatred and vanity and greed, you had thrown it away. In less than three years you had entirely ruined me in every point of view. For my own sake there was nothing for me to do but to love you. Oscar Wilde

With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone. Oscar Wilde

Just as the orator marks his good things by a dramatic pause, or by raising and lowering his voice, or by gesture, so the writer marks his epigrams with italics, setting the little gem, so to speak, like a jeweler. Oscar Wilde

There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America. It was not until I had seen the water-works at Chicago that I realised the wonders of machinery; the rise and fall of the steel rods, the symmetrical motion of the great wheels is the most beautiful rhythmic thing I have ever seen. Oscar Wilde

I have put my talent into writing, my genius I have saved for living. Oscar Wilde

True contentment is not having everything, but in being satisfied with everything you have. Oscar Wilde

There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage: a marriage in which there is love, but on one side only. Oscar Wilde

All authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised. Oscar Wilde

Lo! with a little rod I did but touch the honey of romance - And must I lose a soul's inheritance? Oscar Wilde

Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do. Oscar Wilde

It is to do nothing that the elect exist. Action is limited and relative. Unlimited and absolute is the vision of him who sits at ease and watches, who walks in loneliness and dreams. Oscar Wilde

Ah! Don't say you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong. Oscar Wilde

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde

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