Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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In one dancing saloon I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice: 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.' Oscar Wilde

Nature....she will hang the night stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send word the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole. Oscar Wilde

You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. Oscar Wilde

I usually say what I really think. A great mistake nowadays. It makes one so liable to be misunderstood. Oscar Wilde

Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities. 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

Even before I met you I was far from indifferent to you. Oscar Wilde

You are Beautiful when you are happy Oscar Wilde

Be warned in time, James, and remain, as I do, incomprehensible: to be great is to be misunderstood. Oscar Wilde

Be yourself; everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde

It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes. Oscar Wilde

Pardon me, you are not engaged to any one. When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself. 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 passion 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 paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine. Oscar Wilde

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better. Oscar Wilde

He had' a single redeeming vice. Oscar Wilde

The wild Bee reels from bough to bough With his furry coat and his gauzy wing, Now in a lily cup, and now Setting a jacinth bell a-swing, In his wandering. Oscar Wilde

I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance. Oscar Wilde

I have been right, Basil, have' I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare's plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth. 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. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one's tears. Oscar Wilde

When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money. Oscar Wilde

I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. But while I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does, I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes. Oscar Wilde

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. Oscar Wilde

I like talking to a brick wall- it's the only thing in the world that never contradicts me! Oscar Wilde

It is so easy to convince others; it is so difficult to convince oneself. Oscar Wilde

Create yourself. Be yourself your poem. 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

I tremble with pleasure when I think that on the very day of my leaving prison both the laburnum and the lilac will be blooming in the gardens, and that I shall see the wind stir into restless beauty the swaying gold of the one, and make the other toss the pale purple of its plumes, so that all the air shall be Arabia for me. Oscar Wilde

She had a passion for secrecy, but she herself was merely a Sphinx without a secret. Oscar Wilde

The nineteenth century is a turning point in history, simply on account of the work of two men, Darwin and Renan, the one the critic of the Book of Nature, the other the critic of the books of God. Not to recognise this is to miss the meaning of one of the most important eras in the progress of the world. Oscar Wilde

It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country Oscar Wilde

It is sweet to dance to violins When love and life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air! Oscar Wilde

You and I will always be friends." "Yet you poisoned me with a book once. I should not forgive that. Oscar Wilde

She was a curious woman, whose dresses always looked as if they had been designed in a rage and put on in a tempest. She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she had kept all her illusions. She tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy. Oscar Wilde

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions. Oscar Wilde

In war," answered the weaver, "the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor. We must work to live, and they give us such mean wages that we die. We toil for them all day long, and they heap up gold in their coffers, and our children fade away before their time, and the faces of those we love become hard and evil. We tread out the grapes, another drinks the wine. We sow the corn, and our own board is empty. We have chains, though no eye beholds them; and are slaves, though men call us free. Oscar Wilde

The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde

Marriage is the one subject on which all women agree and all men disagree. Oscar Wilde

Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! - hang him! Oscar Wilde

Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things. Oscar Wilde

The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value. Oscar Wilde

The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. Oscar Wilde

If art is to have a special train, the critic must keep some seats reserved on it. Oscar Wilde

Never buy a thing you don't want merely because it is dear. Oscar Wilde

Talk to a woman as if you loved her, and to a man as if he bored you. Oscar Wilde

In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other. Oscar Wilde

Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One Oscar Wilde

Marriage is a long, dull meal with dessert served at the beginning. Oscar Wilde

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth. Oscar Wilde

He rides in the row at ten o clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you? Oscar Wilde

I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics. Oscar Wilde

The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art. Oscar Wilde

I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who be in jail Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long. Oscar Wilde

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame. Oscar Wilde

I walk the world in wonder. Oscar Wilde

Im Krieg machen die Starken die Schwachen zu Sklaven, im Frieden machen die Reichen die Armen zu Sklaven. Oscar Wilde

To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die. Oscar Wilde

His morality is all sympathy, just what morality should be Oscar Wilde

It is awfully hard work doing nothing. Oscar Wilde

The key to making up Oscar Wilde quotes is to add '~ Oscar Wilde' at the end. Oscar Wilde

I have nothing to declare but my genius, and this four-kilo bag of cocaine. Oscar Wilde

If music be the food of love, get me a supersized big mac, chips, two apple pies and a large milkshake. Oscar Wilde

Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Oscar Wilde

An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be. Oscar Wilde

I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance Oscar Wilde

Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them. Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise [in the future. But only if we set out to make this true and anticipate it so we look for the blessings until we find them]. Oscar Wilde

A mutual misunderstanding. Oscar Wilde

Beauty ...is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. Oscar Wilde

I am very glad I have travelled. Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one's prejudices. Oscar Wilde

All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction. Oscar Wilde

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