Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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My dear young lady, there was a great deal of truth; I dare say, in what you said, and you looked very pretty while you said it, which is much more important. Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young. Oscar Wilde

The only way to even approach doing something perfectly is through experience, and experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

The English public always feels perfectly at ease when a mediocrity is talking to it. Oscar Wilde

The ability of the theist to misunderstand a thing is directly proportional to the obviousness of the thing. Oscar Wilde

In England people actually try to be brilliant at breakfast. That is so dreadful of them! Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. Oscar Wilde

The first thing that struck me on landing in America was that if the Americans are not the most well-dressed people in the world, they are the most comfortably dressed. Oscar Wilde

And when wind and winter harden All the loveless land, It will whisper of the garden, You will understand. Oscar Wilde

I am not in favour of this modern mania for turning bad people into good people at a moment's notice. Oscar Wilde

We call ours a utilitarian age, and we do not know the uses of any single thing. We have forgotten that water can cleanse, that fire can purify, and that the Earth is mother to us all. Oscar Wilde

It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties. Oscar Wilde

Oh, I do' care about Jack. I do' care for anybody in the whole world but you. I love you, Cecily. You will marry me, wo' you? You silly boy! Of course. Why, we have been engaged for the last three months. For the last three months? Oscar Wilde

Woman's first duty in life is to her dressmaker. What the second duty is no one has yet discovered. Oscar Wilde

Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal. Oscar Wilde

And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed. Oscar Wilde

The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties. Oscar Wilde

Her ivory hands on the ivory keys Strayed in a fitful fantasy, Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees Rustle their pale leaves listlessly Or the drifting foam of a restless sea When the waves show their teeth in the flying breeze. Oscar Wilde

Argument's are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. Oscar Wilde

Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it. Oscar Wilde

The yellow fog came creeping down The bridges, till the houses' walls Seemed changed to shadows, and St. Paul's Loomed like a bubble o'er the town. Oscar Wilde

I find I have, and a heart does' suit me, Windermere. Somehow it does' go with modern dress. It makes one look old. Oscar Wilde

The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion-these are the two things that govern us. Oscar Wilde

If one doesn't talk about a thing, it has never happened. It is simply expression that gives reality to things. Oscar Wilde

What a silly thing love is! It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything and it is always telling one things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. Oscar Wilde

Reported as Oscar Wilde's last words on his death bed... This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has to go. Oscar Wilde

When you really want love you will find it waiting for you. Oscar Wilde

I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. Oscar Wilde

To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde

The supreme vice is shallowness. Oscar Wilde

Never so sweet a repast as the Reaper's when you tread upon the threshold of a Quiznos. Oscar Wilde

Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth. Oscar Wilde

In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor. Oscar Wilde

I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man. Oscar Wilde

A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks. Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtures are not real to him. His sins, if there are such thing as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. Oscar Wilde

He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals. Oscar Wilde

Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me? Oscar Wilde

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go. Oscar Wilde

Many people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honor. Oscar Wilde

People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately. Oscar Wilde

I was wrong. God's law is only Love. Oscar Wilde

My sweet rose, my delicate flower, my lily of lilies, it is perhaps in prison that I am going to test the power of love. I am going to see if I cannot make the bitter warders sweet by the intensity of the love I bear you. I have had moments when I thought it would be wise to separate. Ah! Moments of weakness and madness! Now I see that would have mutilated my life, ruined my art, broken the musical chords which make a perfect soul. Even covered with mud I shall praise you, from the deepest abysses I shall cry to you. In my solitude you will be with me. Oscar Wilde

If property had simply pleasures, we could stand it; but its duties make it unbearable. In the interest of the rich we must get rid of it. Oscar Wilde

Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on. Oscar Wilde

Better the rule of One, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with the kiss of anarchy. Oscar Wilde

They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins. Oscar Wilde

Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art. Oscar Wilde

They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. Oscar Wilde

Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Oscar Wilde

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. I never quarrel with actions. My one quarrel is with words. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for. Oscar Wilde

He had uttered a mad wish that he himself might remain untarnished, and the face on the canvas bear the burden of his passions and his sins; that the painted image might be seared with the lines of suffering and thought, and that he might keep all the delicate bloom and loveliness of his then just conscious boyhood. Oscar Wilde

Bad manners make a journalist. Oscar Wilde

Something was dead in each of us, and what was dead was hope Oscar Wilde

No crime is vulgar, but all vulgarity is crime. Oscar Wilde

We Irish will never achieve anything; but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks Oscar Wilde

If God wished to punish us, all he would need to do would be to answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde

George Moore wrote brilliant English until he discovered grammar. Oscar Wilde

Only good questions deserve good answers. Oscar Wilde

Love is like a war; easy to start but hard to end and you never know where it might take you. Oscar Wilde

I won't belong to a club that accepts me as a member Oscar Wilde

Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid. Oscar Wilde

On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure. Oscar Wilde

Your machinery is beautiful. Your society people have apologized to me for the envious ridicule with which your newspapers have referred to me. Your newspapers are comic but never amusing. Your Water Tower is a castellated monstrosity with pepperboxes stuck all over it. I am amazed that any people could so abuse Gothic art and make a structure not like a water tower but like a tower of a medieval castle. It should be torn down. It is a shame to spend so much money on buildings with such an unsatisfactory result. Your city looks positively dreary. Oscar Wilde

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first personality, which no one should copy. Oscar Wilde

It is not the prisoners who need reformation, it is the prisons. Oscar Wilde

Starvation, not sin, is the parent of modern crime. Oscar Wilde

Men of thoughts should have nothing to do with action. Oscar Wilde

The only thing worse than quoting me, is not quoting me Oscar Wilde

A virtuous abstinence from the joys of pederasty comes most easily to those who have no taste for it. Oscar Wilde

An actor is part illusionist, part artist, part ham. Oscar Wilde



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