Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. Oscar Wilde

This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again. Oscar Wilde

Cecil Graham: What is a cynic? Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

It is grossly selfish to require of one's neighbour that he should think in the same way, and hold the same opinions. Why should he? If he can think, he will probably think differently. If he cannot think, it is monstrous to require thought of any kind. Oscar Wilde

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public. Oscar Wilde

I have no objection to anyone's sex life as long as they don't practice it in the street and frighten the horses. Oscar Wilde

You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake. I am known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I warn you, Miss Cardew, you may go too far. Oscar Wilde

Punctuality is the thief of time Oscar Wilde

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words? Oscar Wilde

The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. Oscar Wilde

Hearts Live By Being Wounded Oscar Wilde

One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing. Oscar Wilde

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde

The worst of it is that I am perpetually being punished for nothing; this governor loves to punish, and he punishes by taking my books away from me. It's perfectly awful to let the mind grind itself away between the upper and nether millstones of regret and remorse without respite; with books my life would be livable - any life. Oscar Wilde

I am afraid that you have been listening to the conversation of someone older than yourself. That is always a dangerous thing to do, and if you allow it to degenerate into a habit, you will find it absolutely fatal to any intellectual development. Oscar Wilde

The English mind is always in a rage. The intellect of the race is wasted in the sordid and stupid quarrels of second-rate politicians or third-rate theologians. Oscar Wilde

Just as the philanthropist is the nuisance of the ethical sphere, so the nuisance of the intellectual sphere is the man who is so occupied in trying to educate others, that he has never had any time to educate himself. Oscar Wilde

What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde

And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity's machine. Oscar Wilde

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level. Oscar Wilde

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets. Oscar Wilde

I analyzed you, though you did not adore me. Oscar Wilde

It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind. -Algernon Oscar Wilde

And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal Oscar Wilde

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. Oscar Wilde

We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible. Oscar Wilde

The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away. Oscar Wilde

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing. Oscar Wilde

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all. Oscar Wilde

You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter - a girl brought up with the utmost care - to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel? Oscar Wilde

To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Oscar Wilde

We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes... Oscar Wilde

The one charm of the past is that it is the past. Oscar Wilde

Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know. Oscar Wilde

Actual life was chaos, but there was something terribly logical in the imagination. It was the imagination that set remorse to dog the feet of sin. It was the imagination that made each crime bear its misshapen brood. In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. Oscar Wilde

She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. Oscar Wilde

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde

Do you really keep a diary? I'd give anything to look at it. May I? Oh, no. You see, it is simply a very young girl's record of her own thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication. When it appears in volume form I hope you will order a copy. Oscar Wilde

Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable. Oscar Wilde

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias. Oscar Wilde

To be really mediaeval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes. Oscar Wilde

Well, I don't like your clothes. You look perfectly ridiculous in them. Why on earth don't you go up and change? It's perfectly childish to be in mourning for a man who is actually staying a whole week with you in your house as a guest. I call it grotesque. Oscar Wilde

Out of the sea will rise Behemoth and Leviathan, and sail 'round the high-pooped galleys... Dragons will wander about the waste places, and the phoenix will soar from her nest of fire into the air. We shall lay our hands upon the basilisk, and see the jewel in the toad's head. Champing his gilded oats, the Hippogriff will stand in our stalls, and over our heads will float the Blue Bird singing of beautiful and impossible things, of things that are lovely and that never happen, of things that are not and that should be. Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to. Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized. Oscar Wilde

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. Oscar Wilde

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. Oscar Wilde

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. Oscar Wilde

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. Oscar Wilde

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection. Oscar Wilde

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect. Oscar Wilde

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die they go to Paris. Oscar Wilde

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane. Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. Oscar Wilde

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly. Oscar Wilde

Those whom the gods love grow young. Oscar Wilde

While to the claims of charity a man may yield and yet be free, to the claims of conformity no man may yield and remain free at all. Oscar Wilde

There is a tiny yellow daffodil, The butterfly can see it from afar, Although one summer evening's dew could fill Its little cup twice over, ere the star Had called the lazy shepherd to his fold, And be no prodigal. Oscar Wilde

Newspapers. . . give us the bald, sordid, disgusting facts of life. They chronicle, with degrading avidity, the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details. . . Oscar Wilde

A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written. Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as romance in our day, women have become too brilliant; nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. Oscar Wilde



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