Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood. Oscar Wilde

Life! Life! Don't let us go to life for our fulfilment or our experience. Life makes us pay too high a price for its wares, and we purchase the meanest of its secrets at a cost that is monstrous and infinite. Oscar Wilde

The final mystery is oneself... Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul. Oscar Wilde

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

Oh, brothers! I don't care for brothers. My elder brother won't die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else. Oscar Wilde

If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life. Oscar Wilde

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. Oscar Wilde

The Americans are certainly hero-worshipers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde

Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber Oscar Wilde

It is a pity to make a mystery out of what should most easily be understood. There is nothing occult about the thought that all things maybe made well or made ill. A work of art is a well-made thing - that is all. It may be a well-made statue of a well-made chair or a well-made book. Art is not a special sauce applied to ordinary cooking; it is the cooking itself that is good. Most simply and generally, Art may be thought of as "The Well Doing of What Needs Doing." Oscar Wilde

I can sympathize with everything, except suffering. Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment. Oscar Wilde

Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde

The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. Oscar Wilde

The only proper intoxication is conversation. Oscar Wilde

The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them. Oscar Wilde

The Roman Catholic Church is for saints and sinners alone - for respectable people, the Anglican Church will do. Oscar Wilde

And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory; and grasp the tail that like a monstrous asp coils round your heavy velvet paws. Oscar Wilde

The best revenge is to live well. Oscar Wilde

It is he who has broken the bond of marriage - not I. I only break its bondage. Oscar Wilde

A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses. Oscar Wilde

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. Oscar Wilde

And if life be, as it surely is, a problem to me, I am no less a problem to life. Oscar Wilde

You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages. Oscar Wilde

Where your life leads you, you must go Oscar Wilde

I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on honeycomb. Oscar Wilde

Only the great masters of style ever succeed in being obscure. Oscar Wilde

He who stands most remote from his age is he who mirrors it best. Oscar Wilde

People seldom tell the truths that are worth telling. We ought to choose our truths as carefully as we choose our lies and to select our virtues with as much thought as we bestow upon the selection of our enemies. Oscar Wilde

Far away beyond the pine-woods,' he answered, in a low dreamy voice, 'there is a little garden. There the grass grows long and deep, there are the great white stars of the hemlock flower, there the nightingale sings all night long. All night long he sings, and the cold, crystal moon looks down, and the yew-tree spreads out its giant arms over the sleepers. Oscar Wilde

the costume of the nineteenth century is detestable. It is so sombre, so depressing. Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life. Oscar Wilde

I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. Oscar Wilde

I can resist anything but the temptation to make a clever witticism. Oscar Wilde

Behind Joy and Laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard and callous. But behind Sorrow there is always Sorrow. Pain, unlike Pleasure, wears no mask. Oscar Wilde

Any place you love is the world to you. Oscar Wilde

One's days were too brief to take the burden of another's errors on one's shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. Oscar Wilde

Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? I ask merely for information. I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand. Good Heavens! Is marriage so demoralizing as that? I believe it is a very pleasant state, sir. I have had very little experience of it myself up to the present. I have only been married once. That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person. Oscar Wilde

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Oscar Wilde

I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much Oscar Wilde

If a woman wants to hold a man she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him. Oscar Wilde

The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not its growth and development. Oscar Wilde

I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty. Oscar Wilde

It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression. Oscar Wilde

She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. Oscar Wilde

Divorces are made in heaven. Oscar Wilde

A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position. Oscar Wilde

Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one center of pain. Oscar Wilde

One's only real life is the life one never leads. Oscar Wilde

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar. Oscar Wilde

When both a speaker and an audience are confused, the speech is profound. Oscar Wilde

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. Oscar Wilde

The best way to make children good is to make them happy. Oscar Wilde

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion. Oscar Wilde

The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach. Oscar Wilde

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company. Oscar Wilde

Love! What is love? It's nothing. It's just a word. It doesn't exist. Only pleasure is important. Oscar Wilde

Society, civilized society at least, is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals, and, in its opinion, the highest respectability is of much less value than the possession of a good chef. Oscar Wilde

The longer I live, Dorian, the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us. In art, as in politics, les grand-peres ont toujours tort. Oscar Wilde

If we're always guided by other people's thoughts, what's the point in having our own? Oscar Wilde

The people who have adored me- there have not been very many, but there have been some- have always insisted on living on, long after I had ceased to care for them, or they to care for me. Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die, they go to Paris" "Where do bad Americans go?" "They stay in America Oscar Wilde

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands. Oscar Wilde

What fire does not destroy, it hardens Oscar Wilde

Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys. Oscar Wilde

Muffins should always be eaten quite calmly, as it is the only way to eat them! Oscar Wilde

Like all people who try to exhaust a subject, he exhausted his listeners. Oscar Wilde

I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after. Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing. Oscar Wilde

Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead. Oscar Wilde

America is the noisiest country that ever existed. One is waked up in the morning, not by the singing of the nightingale, but by the steam whistle. Oscar Wilde



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