Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde

True friends stab you in the front. Oscar Wilde

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about. Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. Oscar Wilde

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. Oscar Wilde

Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. Oscar Wilde

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information. Oscar Wilde

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion. Oscar Wilde

She is a peacock in everything but beauty. Oscar Wilde

Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away. Oscar Wilde

All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde

Things are in their essence what we choose to make them. A thing is, according to the mode in which one looks at it. Oscar Wilde

By the artificial separation of soul and body men have invented a Realism that is vulgar and an Idealism that is void. Oscar Wilde

To stake all one's life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not - there is no weakness in that. Oscar Wilde

To be premature is to be perfect Oscar Wilde

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity. Oscar Wilde

I can believe anything provided it is incredible. Oscar Wilde

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Oscar Wilde

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone. Oscar Wilde

Sometimes it takes courage to give into temptation. Oscar Wilde

I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out. Oscar Wilde

There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love. Oscar Wilde

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics. Oscar Wilde

Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night. Oscar Wilde

He was a hero to his valet, who bullied him, and a terror to most of his relations, whom he bullied in turn. Only England could have produced him, and he always said that the country was going to the dogs. His principles were out of date, but there was a good deal to be said for his prejudices. Oscar Wilde

We women adore failures. They lean on us. Oscar Wilde

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it. Oscar Wilde

Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not. Oscar Wilde

To be entirely free, and at the same time entirely dominated by law, is the eternal paradox of human life. Oscar Wilde

Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them. Oscar Wilde

M. Zola is determined to show that, if he has not got genius, he can at least be dull. Oscar Wilde

Men are such cowards. They outrage every law in the world and are afraid of the world's tongue. Oscar Wilde

There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do by their foolish and random writing it would be impossible to overestimate-not to the artist but to the public.... Without them we would judge a man simply by his work; but at present the newspapers are trying hard to induce the public to judge a sculptor, for instance, never by his statues but by the way he treats his wife; a painter by the amount of his income and a poet by the colour of his necktie. Oscar Wilde

The only form of lying that is absolutely beyond reproach is lying for its own sake. Oscar Wilde

The birds that were singing in the dew-drenched garden seemed to be telling the flowers about her. Oscar Wilde

It is better to repent a sin than regret the loss of a pleasure. Oscar Wilde

Great passions are for the great of soul, and great events can be seen only by those who are on a level with them Oscar Wilde

There were sins whose fascination was more in the memory than in the doing of them, strange triumphs that gratified the pride more than the passions, and gave to the intellect a quickened sense of joy, greater than any joy they brought, or could ever bring, to the senses. Oscar Wilde

JACK That is nonsense. If I marry a charming girl like Gwendolen, and she is the only girl I ever saw in my life that I would marry, I certainly won't want to know Bunbury. ALGERNON Then your wife will. You don't seem to realize, that in married life three is company and two is none. JACK That, my dear young friend, is the theory that the corrupt French Drama has been propounding for the last fifty years. ALGERNON Yes; and that the happy English home has proved in half the time. Oscar Wilde

Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. The only pity was one had to pay so often for a single fault. One had to pay over and over again, indeed. In her dealings with man, Destiny never closed her accounts. Oscar Wilde

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it. Oscar Wilde

The only one you need in your life is that person who shows you he needs you in his. Oscar Wilde

LORD ILLINGWORTH: The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. MRS ALLONBY: And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy. Oscar Wilde

The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty, never. Oscar Wilde

Misery and poverty are so absolutely degrading, and exercise such a paralysing effect over the nature of men, that no class is ever really conscious of its own suffering. They have to be told of it by other people, and they often entirely disbelieve them. Oscar Wilde

Don't tell me that you have exhausted Life. When a man says that, one knows that life has exhausted him. Oscar Wilde

Live the wonderful life that is in you. Oscar Wilde

Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life. Oscar Wilde

The curves of your lips rewrite history. Oscar Wilde

Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite moments. Oscar Wilde

The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding. The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. One should always be in love - that's the reason one should never marry. Oscar Wilde

American girls are as clever at concealing their parents as English women are at concealing their past. Oscar Wilde

Every woman becomes their mother. That's their tragedy. And no man becomes his. That's his tragedy. Oscar Wilde

Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern. Oscar Wilde

My dear Arthur, I never talk scandal. I only talk gossip. What is the difference between scandal and gossip? Oh! Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde

Art creates an incomparable and unique effect, and, having done so, passes on to other things. Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating this effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it. Oscar Wilde

Always keep love in your heart. Oscar Wilde

The aim of the liar is simply to charm, to delight, to give pleasure. He is the very basis of civilized society. Oscar Wilde

If I hadn't believed it, then I wouldn't have seen it Oscar Wilde

The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man That wastes and withers there. Oscar Wilde

No art ever survived censorship; no art ever will. Oscar Wilde

An alliterative prefix served as an ornament of oratory. Oscar Wilde

Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins. Oscar Wilde



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