Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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I played with an idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escaped and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox. Oscar Wilde

America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde

The English public, as a mass, takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral. Oscar Wilde

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

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. Oscar Wilde

All costumes are caricatures. The basis of Art is not the Fancy Ball. Oscar Wilde

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for 300 years. 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

It requires one to assume such indecent postures. Oscar Wilde

No, Ernest, don't talk about action. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. Oscar Wilde

Every effort that one produces gives one an enemy. To be popular one must be a mediocrity. Oscar Wilde

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing. Oscar Wilde

How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say. Oscar Wilde

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy. Oscar Wilde

Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. Oscar Wilde

You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done. Oscar Wilde

An excellent man! He hasn't an enemy in the world, and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde

And now, I am dying beyond my means. Oscar Wilde

CECILY. When I see a spade I call it a spade. GWENDOLEN. I am glad to say I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different. Oscar Wilde

In fact, the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.... The Japanese people are... simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art. Oscar Wilde

Do you know that I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world? Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance. Oscar Wilde

You know I have loved him always. But we are very poor. Who, being loved, is poor? Oh, no one. I hate my riches. They are a burden... 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

Memory is the diary that chronicles things that never happened or couldn't possibly have happened. Oscar Wilde

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. Oscar Wilde

A good friend will always stab you in the front. Oscar Wilde

The heart was made to be broken. Oscar Wilde

My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman! Oscar Wilde

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. Oscar Wilde

She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm. Oscar Wilde

I like men who have a future and women who have a past. Oscar Wilde

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

To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life. Oscar Wilde

To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. Oscar Wilde

Lawyers have been known to wrest from reluctant juries triumphant verdicts of acquittal for their clients, even when those clients, as often happens, were clearly and unmistakably innocent. Oscar Wilde

Really, this horrid House of Commons quite ruins our husbands for us. I think the Lower House by far the greatest blow to a happy married life that there has been since that terrible thing called the Higher Education of Women was invented. Oscar Wilde

And, as for what is called improving conversation, that is merely the foolish method by which the still more foolish philanthropist feebly tries to disarm the just rancour of the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde

Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures. Oscar Wilde

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others. Oscar Wilde

Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginitive Oscar Wilde

Life cheats us with shadows. We ask it for pleasure. It gives it to us with bitterness and disappointment in its train. Oscar Wilde

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's. Oscar Wilde

I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them. Oscar Wilde

Now art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic. Oscar Wilde

In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after the fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial. Oscar Wilde

It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies. Oscar Wilde

She knew nothing but she had everything he had lost. Oscar Wilde

I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious." "Oh, that's nonsense, Algy. You never talk anything but nonsense." "Nobody ever does. Oscar Wilde

I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose. Oscar Wilde

You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one. Oscar Wilde

The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. Oscar Wilde

Thin-lipped wisdom spoke at her from the worn chair, hinted at prudence, quoted from that book of cowardice whose author apes the name of common sense. Oscar Wilde

Life is a nightmare that prevents one from sleeping. Oscar Wilde

Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my life...I have put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde

Love is not fashionable anymore; the poets have killed it. 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

Salome, Salome, dance for me. I pray thee dance for me. I am sad to-night. Yes, I am passing sad to-night. When I came hither I slipped in blood, which is an evil omen; and I heard, I am sure I heard in the air a beating of wings, a beating of giant wings. I cannot tell what they mean .... I am sad to-night. Therefore dance for me. Dance for me, Salome, I beseech you. If you dance for me you may ask of me what you will, and I will give it you, even unto the half of my kingdom. Oscar Wilde

There are moments, psychologists tell us, when the passion for sin, or what the world calls sin, so dominates a nature, that every fibre of the body, as every cell of the brain, seems to be instinct with fearful impulses. Men and women at such moments lose the freedom of their will. They move to their terrible end as automatons move. Choice is taken from them, and conscience is either killed, or, if it lives at all, lives but to give rebellion its fascination, and disobedience its charm. Oscar Wilde

A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it. Oscar Wilde

Never met such a Gorgon . . . I don't really know what a Gorgon is like, but I am quite sure that Lady Bracknell is one. In any case, she is a monster, without being a myth, which is rather unfair. Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is the only thing one should live for, nothing ages like happiness. Oscar Wilde

What is the good of friendship if one cannot say exactly what one means? Oscar Wilde

The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature. Oscar Wilde

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. Oscar Wilde

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde

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