Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me Oscar Wilde

Never buy anything simply because it is expensive. Oscar Wilde

Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses - once. Oscar Wilde

Women's styles may change but their designs remain the same. Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise for which we are later, in the fullness of time and understanding, very grateful for! Oscar Wilde

His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language. Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol. Oscar Wilde

What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us. Oscar Wilde

Some people always know the price, but not the value Oscar Wilde

It can never be necessary to do what is not honourable. Oscar Wilde

The world has become sad because a puppet was once melancholy. The nihilist, that strange martyr who has no faith, who goes to the stake without enthusiasm, and dies for what he does not believe in, is a purely literary product. He was invented by Turgenev, and completed by Dostoevsky. Robespierre came out of the pages of Rousseau as surely as the People's Palace rose out debris of a novel. Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. Oscar Wilde

A burnt child loves the fire. Oscar Wilde

I hope you hair curls naturally, does it? Yes, darling, with a little help from others. Oscar Wilde

Nothing, indeed, is more dangerous to the young artist than any conception of ideal beauty: he is constantly led by it either into weak prettiness or lifeless abstraction: whereas to touch the ideal at all you must not strip it of vitality. You must find it in life and re-create it in art. Oscar Wilde

They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too. Oscar Wilde

Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons. Oscar Wilde

we always misunderstood ourselves, and rarely understood others Oscar Wilde

It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institutions of private property. Oscar Wilde

I see the moon like a clipped piece of silver. Like gilded bees the stars cluster round her. Oscar Wilde

The good we get from art is not what we learn from it; it is what we become through it. Oscar Wilde

A flower blossoms for its own joy. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays, saying what you really think can be a serious error since one risks being misunderstood. Oscar Wilde

Anybody can sympathise with all the sufferings of the pal, nevertheless it involves an extremely great mother nature to sympathise by using a friend's achievement. Oscar Wilde

Learn to differentiate between ignorance and stupidity. Oscar Wilde

History is only gossip. Oscar Wilde

A true gentleman is one who is never intentionally rude. Oscar Wilde

And beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or spring-time, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has its divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it. Oscar Wilde

Men as a rule love with their eyes, woman with their ears. Oscar Wilde

Tread Lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. Oscar Wilde

Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. Oscar Wilde

I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips. Oscar Wilde

His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. Oscar Wilde

The more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art really reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious crudities, her extraordinary montony, her absolutely unfinished condition. Oscar Wilde

Meredith is a prose Browning, and so is Browning. He used poetry as a medium for writing in prose. Oscar Wilde

I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. Oscar Wilde

Science can never grapple with the irrational. That is why it has no future before it, in this world. Oscar Wilde

Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb a the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf. Oscar Wilde

Lord Caversham: No woman, plain or pretty, has any common sense at all, sir. Common sense is the privilege of our sex. Lord Goring: Quite so. And we men are so self-sacrificing that we never use it, do we, father? Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. Oscar Wilde

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. Oscar Wilde

And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, None knew so well as I: For he who lives more lives than one More deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde

When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde

For a sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it. Oscar Wilde

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays 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

The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to encourage in others. Oscar Wilde

Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - ah! there is the sting of life. Oscar Wilde

The criticism which I have quoted is criticism of the highest kind. It treats the work of art simply as a starting-point for a new creation. It does not confine itself... to discovering the real intention of the artist and accepting that as final. Oscar Wilde

The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde

We [women] have a much better time than they [men] have. There are far more things forbidden to us than are forbidden to them. Oscar Wilde

Study the Peerage.... It is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done. Oscar Wilde

On account of it ['the Love that dare not speak its name'] I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man, when the elder man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope, and glamour of life before him. Oscar Wilde

I treated Art as the supreme reality, and life as a mere mode of fiction: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram. Oscar Wilde

Poets, you know, are always ahead of science; all the great discoveries of science have been stated before in poetry. Oscar Wilde

I have put my genius into my life; I have put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes of this country. Oscar Wilde

Decidedly one of us will have to go. Oscar Wilde

To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. Oscar Wilde

The great events of one's life often leave one unmoved: they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. Oscar Wilde

To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. Oscar Wilde

It is so easy for people to have sympathy with suffering. It is so difficult for them to have sympathy with thought. Oscar Wilde

But what of life whose bitter hungry sea Flows at our heels, and gloom of sunless night Covers the days which never more return? Ambition, love and all the thoughts that burn We lose too soon, and only find delight In withered husks of some dead memory. Oscar Wilde

In all pointed sentences some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness. Oscar Wilde

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilised being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company. Oscar Wilde

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

The American father... is never seen in London. He passes his life entirely in Wall Street and communicates with his family once a month by means of a telegram in cipher. Oscar Wilde

I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life. Oscar Wilde

Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Oscar Wilde

In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst. Oscar Wilde

A damsel is a genius in the daytime and a beauty at night. Oscar Wilde

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