Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Even now I cannot help feeling that it is a mistake to think that the passion one feels in creation is ever really shown in the work one creates. Oscar Wilde

My wish isn't to mean everything to everyone but something to someone. Oscar Wilde

I'm not nearly young enough to know everything Oscar Wilde

The only link between Literature and the Drama left to us in England at the present moment is the bill of the play. Oscar Wilde

The only sin is stupidity. Oscar Wilde

Be yourself, because others are already taken. Oscar Wilde

No publisher should ever express an opinion of the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. Oscar Wilde

When I see a spade, I call it a spade. I'm glad to say I have never seen a spade. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use it. It's the only thing he's fit for. Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise. Oscar Wilde

There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other-by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought. Oscar Wilde

People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. Authority over him and his art is ridiculous. Oscar Wilde

Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword! Oscar Wilde

Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones. Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. Oscar Wilde

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. Oscar Wilde

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. Oscar Wilde

Religion is a fashionable substitute for Belief. Oscar Wilde

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true. Oscar Wilde

[At the New York Custom House in 1882:] I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde

Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. Oscar Wilde

A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain. Oscar Wilde

Most people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. Oscar Wilde

A sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn't know the market price of any single thing. Oscar Wilde

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life. Oscar Wilde

The mere existence of conscience, that faculty of which people prate so much nowadays, and are so ignorantly proud, is a sign of our imperfect development. It must be merged in instinct before we become fine. Oscar Wilde

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

When people talk to me about the weather, I always feel they mean something else. Oscar Wilde

Miss Prism: ... And you do not seem to reealize, dear Doctor, that by persistently remaining single, a man coverts himself into a permanent public temptation. ... Chausuble: But is a man not equally attractive when married? Miss Prism: No married man is ever attractive except to his wife. Chausuble: And often, I've been told, not even to her. Oscar Wilde

What is mind but motion in the intellectual sphere? Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Oscar Wilde

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death. Oscar Wilde

The bright dawn flooded the room, and swept the fantastic shadows into dusky corners, where they lay shuddering. Oscar Wilde

Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. Oscar Wilde

The more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. Oscar Wilde

And suddenly the moon withdraws her sickle from the lightening skies, and to her sombre cavern flies, wrapped in a veil of yellow gauze. Oscar Wilde

Just because a man has died for it, does not make it true. Oscar Wilde

When he takes the knife to the canvass the servants find him lying dead with a knife through is heart and "withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage." and the portrait "in all the wonders of his exquisite youth and beauty." p 349 Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was suing the Marquis of Queensbury in 1895 for libel accusing Wilde of homosexuality Counsel: Have you ever adored a young man madly? Wilde: I have never given adoration to anyone except myself. Oscar Wilde

It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world Oscar Wilde

A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. Oscar Wilde

One should always be a little improbable. Oscar Wilde

I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you useful information. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

There was so much in you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself. I thought how tragic it would be if you were wasted. Oscar Wilde

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde

Prism! Where is that baby? Oscar Wilde

For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it. Oscar Wilde

If the Socialism is Authoritarian; if there are Governments armed with economic power as they are now with political power; if, in a word, we are to have Industrial Tyrannies, then the last state of man will be worse than the first. Oscar Wilde

Fruitcake is like semen, there's a lot of it about but no one wants to swallow it Oscar Wilde

Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleance me in the great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole. Oscar Wilde

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. Oscar Wilde

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. Oscar Wilde

There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose. Oscar Wilde

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray. Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. Oscar Wilde

An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life. Oscar Wilde

Biography lends to death a new terror. Oscar Wilde

Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow on another like the withered leaves of Autumn. Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated. Oscar Wilde

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. Oscar Wilde

America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself. Oscar Wilde

To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture. Oscar Wilde

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. Oscar Wilde

Ah! somehow life is bigger after all Than any painted angel could we see The God that is within us! Oscar Wilde

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Oscar Wilde

Then there was a man who said, 'I never knew what real happiness was until I got married; by then it was too late' Oscar Wilde

Like dear St. Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success. Oscar Wilde

Cultivated leisure is the aim of man. Oscar Wilde

It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings. Oscar Wilde

Married men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not. Oscar Wilde

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