Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Good taste is the excuse I have given for leading such a bad life. Oscar Wilde

Ah well, I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means. Oscar Wilde

He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone. Oscar Wilde

Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but molds it to its purpose. Oscar Wilde

I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china. Oscar Wilde

Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope. Oscar Wilde

The only form of fiction in which real characters do not seem out of place is history. In novels they are detestable. Oscar Wilde

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them. Oscar Wilde

There are two ways to dislike poetry: One is to dislike it; the other is to read Pope. Oscar Wilde

Some things are too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde

The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history. Oscar Wilde

A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young. Oscar Wilde

There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. Oscar Wilde

As a rule, I think they are quite impossible. Geniuses talk so much, don't they? Such a bad habit! And they are always thinking about themselves, when I want them to be thinking about me. Oscar Wilde

But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Oscar Wilde

Women have become so highly educated... that nothing should surprise us nowadays, except happy marriages. Oscar Wilde

I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living. Oscar Wilde

No gentleman ever has any money. Oscar Wilde

Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered. Oscar Wilde

The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding. Oscar Wilde

Oh, I don't care about Jack. I don't care for anybody in the whole world but you. I love you, Cecily. You will marry me, won't you? You silly boy! Of course. Why, we have been engaged for the last three months. For the last three months? Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. Oscar Wilde

Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won't be invited to cocktail parties. Oscar Wilde

It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors. Oscar Wilde

But what world says that [I'm wicked]? It can only be the next world. This world and I are on excellent terms. Oscar Wilde

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it Oscar Wilde

It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. The thoroughly well-informed man-that is the modern ideal. And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value. Oscar Wilde

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither Oscar Wilde

Sometime you will find, even as I have found, that there is no such thing as romantic experience; there are romantic memories, and there is the desire of romance- that is all. Our most fiery moments of ecstasy are merely shadows of what somewhere else we have felt, or of what we long someday to feel Oscar Wilde

They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about. Oscar Wilde

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

I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it. Oscar Wilde

If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out. Oscar Wilde

Nature is a wet place where large numbers of ducks fly overhead uncooked. Oscar Wilde

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. Oscar Wilde

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint. Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. Oscar Wilde

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde

I have nothing to declare except my genuis. Oscar Wilde

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. Oscar Wilde

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. Oscar Wilde

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us. Oscar Wilde

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable. Oscar Wilde

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. Oscar Wilde

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. Oscar Wilde

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing. Oscar Wilde

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm. Oscar Wilde

I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead. Oscar Wilde

Why was I born with such contemporaries? Oscar Wilde

It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes. Oscar Wilde

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. Oscar Wilde

Indeed, so far from being humorous, the male American is the most abnormally serious creature who ever existed.. It is only fair to admit that he can exaggerate, but even his exaggeration has a rational basis. It is not founded on wit or fancy; it does not spring from any poetic imagination. Oscar Wilde

Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us. Oscar Wilde

Varnishing is the only artistic process with which Royal Academicians are thoroughly familiar. Oscar Wilde

I put my talent in my work, I save my Genius for my life. Oscar Wilde

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. Oscar Wilde

She...can talk brillantly upon any subject provided she knows nothing about it. Oscar Wilde

Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him. Oscar Wilde

When one has never heard a man's name in the course of one's life, it speaks volumes for him; he must be quite respectable. Oscar Wilde

The best way to enjoy your job is to imagine yourself without one. Oscar Wilde

Art never expresses anything but itself. Oscar Wilde



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