Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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The Americans are identical to the British in all respects except, of course, language. Oscar Wilde

Whenever one has anything unpleasant to say, one should always be quite candid. Oscar Wilde

Imagination is imitative-the real innovation lies in criticism. Oscar Wilde

The trouble with the lower classes is that they lack the sense of tragedy given to them by the upper classes. Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimagininative. Oscar Wilde

The proper school to learn art is not life but art Oscar Wilde

She lives the poetry she cannot write. Oscar Wilde

Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious. Oscar Wilde

Requiescat Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life's buried here, Heap earth upon it. Oscar Wilde

Requiescat Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life's buried here, Heap earth upon it. Oscar Wilde

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Just as vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. And falsehoods the truths of other people. Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself. To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde

Alone, and without any reference to his neighbours, without any interference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing; and if he does not do it solely for his own pleasure, he is not an artist at all. Oscar Wilde

In England ... education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and would probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square. Oscar Wilde

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde

Skepticism is the beginning of Faith. Oscar Wilde

Formerly we used to canonize our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable. Oscar Wilde

But when they had unloosed the linen band, Which swathed the Egyptian's body, - lo! was found, Closed in the wasted hollow of her hand, A little seed, which, sown in English ground, Did wondrous snow of starry blossoms bear, And spread rich odours through our springtide air. Oscar Wilde

When the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde

Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is onself. Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde

The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one's heart-hearts are made to be broken-but that it turns one's heart to stone. Oscar Wilde

Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment's solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest. Oscar Wilde

How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I ca' make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless." "Well, I ca' eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them." "I say it's perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances. Oscar Wilde

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

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. Oscar Wilde

Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. Oscar Wilde

The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic. Oscar Wilde

Duty is what one expects from others. Oscar Wilde

It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little. Oscar Wilde

It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also. You, Mr. Gray, you yourself, with yourrose-red youth and your rose-white boyhood, you have had passions that have made you afraid, thoughts that have filled you with terror, day-dreams and sleeping dreams whose mere memory might stain your cheek with shame... Oscar Wilde

A kiss may ruin a human life Oscar Wilde

God grant me the serenity to accept that people are ignorant, the courage to uphold the law when I'm hostile, & the wisdom to realize that murder is illegal. Oscar Wilde

Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels in place of those you have given away. The ruby shall be redder than a red rose, and the sapphire shall be as blue as the great sea. Oscar Wilde

Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. Oscar Wilde

Music is the art... which most completely realizes the artistic idea and is the condition to which all the other arts are constantly aspiring. Oscar Wilde

All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All lives, save loveless lives, true Love should pardon. Oscar Wilde

What you read when you don't have to... Oscar Wilde

As for omens, there is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that. Oscar Wilde

Even things that are true can be proved. Oscar Wilde

Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day. Oscar Wilde

Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live. Oscar Wilde

The Governor was strong upon The Regulation Act: The Doctor said that Death was but A scientific fact: And twice a day the Chaplain called, And left a little tract. Oscar Wilde

The story of mankind began in a garden and ended in revelations. Oscar Wilde

If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity. Oscar Wilde

Only people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons, and only people who are dull ever succeed there. Oscar Wilde

Artists reproduce themselves or each other, with wearisome iteration. But criticism is always moving on, and the critic is always developing. Oscar Wilde

Clergymen and people who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation. Oscar Wilde

The essence of thought, as the essence of life, is growth. Oscar Wilde

Every thing to be true must become a religion. Oscar Wilde

The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Indeed, the probabilities are that the more insincere the man is, the more purely intellectual will the idea be, as in that case it will not be coloured by either his wants, his desires, or his prejudices. Oscar Wilde

For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. Outside, the day may be blue and gold, but the light that creeps down through the thickly-muffled glass of the small iron-barred window beneath which one sits is grey and niggard. It is always twilight in one's cell, as it is always twilight in one's heart. And in the sphere of thought, no less than in the sphere of time, motion is no more. Oscar Wilde

The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passions are for the great of souls. Great events can only be seen by people who are on a level with them. We think we can have our visions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing visions have to be paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine. Oscar Wilde

Everything that is popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde

As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection. Oscar Wilde

If God really wanted to punish, he'd answer all our prayers. Oscar Wilde

They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if either of them did anything of the kind he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde

A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life. Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility! Oscar Wilde

Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner. Oscar Wilde

That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography. Oscar Wilde

The truth is never pure and rarely simple. Oscar Wilde

The supreme object of life is to live. Few people live. It is true life only to realize one's own perfection, to make one's every dream a reality. Oscar Wilde

I must say to myself that I ruined myself, and that nobody great or small can be ruined except by his own hand. I am quite ready to say so. ... Terrible as was what the world did to me, what I did to myself was far more terrible still. Oscar Wilde

Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses. Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Oscar Wilde

I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Oscar Wilde

There is more to be said for stupidity than people imagine. Personally I have a great admiration for stupidity. It is a sort of fellow-feeling, I suppose. Oscar Wilde

It's not hard to get the ideas when they come. They just come... it's painful waiting for them. Oscar Wilde

I never saw so many well-dressed, well-fed, business-looking Bohemians in my life. Oscar Wilde

Do not forget that small daily actions do or undo character. Oscar Wilde



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