Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting. Oscar Wilde

Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. Oscar Wilde

They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. Oscar Wilde

Love is easily killed. Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. Oscar Wilde

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. Oscar Wilde

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever. Oscar Wilde

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. Oscar Wilde

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. Oscar Wilde

Charity creates a multitude of sins. Oscar Wilde

The security of Society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of Society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members. Oscar Wilde

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. 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. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. Oscar Wilde

Millionaire models are rare enough; but, by Jove, model millionaires are rarer still! Oscar Wilde

Misfortunes one can endure-they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults-ah!-there is the sting of life. Oscar Wilde

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. Oscar Wilde

Ones real life is often the life that one does not lead. Oscar Wilde

Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity. Oscar Wilde

Without order nothing can exist-without chaos nothing can evolve. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature. Oscar Wilde

Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial. Oscar Wilde

In art, the public accept what has been, because they cannot alter it, not because they appreciate it. They swallow their classics whole, and never taste them. Oscar Wilde

The English have a miraculous power of turning wine into water. Oscar Wilde

The man with a clear conscience probably has a poor memory. Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is simply a method by which arrests his progress, and self-sacrifice a survival of the mutilation of the savage. Oscar Wilde

Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilization, more marvelous and more splendid than any that has gone before. Oscar Wilde

Nothing worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

As for borrowing Mr. Whistler's ideas about art, the only thoroughly original ideas I have heard him express have had reference to his own superiority as a painter over painters greater than himself. Oscar Wilde

I am quite incapable of understanding how any work of art can be criticized from a moral standpoint. The sphere of art and the sphere of ethics are absolutely distinct and separate. Oscar Wilde

Art is rarely intelligible to the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde

It is a vulgar error to suppose that America was ever discovered. It was merely detected. Oscar Wilde

Oh, I hate the cheap severity of abstract ethics! Oscar Wilde

Good intentions have been the ruin of the world. The only people who have achieved anything have been those who have had no intentions at all. Oscar Wilde

Man is a being with myriad lives and myriad sensations, a complex, multiform creature that bears within itself strange legacies of thought and passion, and whose very flesh is tainted with the monstrous maladies of the dead. Oscar Wilde

Cats are put on earth to remind us that not everything has a purpose. Oscar Wilde

Wordsworth went to the Lakes, but he was never a lake poet. He found in stones the sermons he had already hidden there. Oscar Wilde

one pale woman all alone, The daylight kissing her wan hair, Loitered beneath the gas lamps' flare, With lips of flame and heart of stone. Oscar Wilde

In his very rejection of art Walt Whitman is an artist. He tried to produce a certain effect by certain means and he succeeded....He stands apart, and the chief value of his work is in its prophecy, not in its performance. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. He is the herald to a new era. As a man he is the precursor of a fresh type. He is a factor in the heroic and spiritual evolution of the human being. If Poetry has passed him by, Philosophy will take note of him. Oscar Wilde

And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite. Oscar Wilde

After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Oscar Wilde

What consoles one nowadays is not repentance but pleasure. Repentance is quite out of date. Oscar Wilde

There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new. Oscar Wilde

And now, dear Mr. Worthing, I will not intrude any longer into a house of sorrow. I would merely beg you not to be too much bowed down by grief. What seem to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. This seems to me a blessing of an extremely obvious kind. Oscar Wilde

You told me you had destroyed it." "I was wrong. It has destroyed me. Oscar Wilde

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. Oscar Wilde

No theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself Oscar Wilde

The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world's sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer. Oscar Wilde

Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. Oscar Wilde

Perhaps in nearly every joy, as certainly in every pleasure, cruelty has its place. Oscar Wilde

Placerea este testul naturii, semnul ei aprobator Oscar Wilde

I have never learned anything except from people younger than myself. Oscar Wilde

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back. Oscar Wilde

It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public. Oscar Wilde

I will not bare my soul to their shallow prying eyes. My heart shall never be put under their microscope. Oscar Wilde

The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression. Oscar Wilde

The fatal errors of life are not due to man's being unreasonable: an unreasonable moment may be one's finest moment. They are due to man's being logical. Oscar Wilde

Give a man a mask and he'll tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde

We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful. Oscar Wilde

He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven. Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people. Oscar Wilde

There are few things easier than to live badly and die well. Oscar Wilde

Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid, but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you. Oscar Wilde

I didn't say I liked it Harry. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference. Oscar Wilde

I don't know how to talk. Oh! talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact. Oscar Wilde



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