Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered. Oscar Wilde

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

No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true. Oscar Wilde

It is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. Oscar Wilde

He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing. Oscar Wilde

The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. Oscar Wilde

Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London. Oscar Wilde

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

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. Oscar Wilde

Let me be dressed as I will, yet flies worms and flowers exceed me still. Oscar Wilde

Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that, when I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it. Oscar Wilde

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always absolutely valueless. Oscar Wilde

He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about. Oscar Wilde

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. Oscar Wilde

The one advantage of playing with fire...is that no one ever gets singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up. Oscar Wilde

The General was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life. Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly. Oscar Wilde

To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled - because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance. Oscar Wilde

It is art, and art only, that reveals us to ourselves. Oscar Wilde

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Oscar Wilde

Credit is a young man's capital. Oscar Wilde

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness. Oscar Wilde

As it was, we always misunderstood ourselves and rarely understood others. Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

It is not good for one's morals to see bad acting Oscar Wilde

All art is immortal. For emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art, and emotion for the sake of action is the aim of life. Oscar Wilde

Well, one must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life. Oscar Wilde

Personality must be accepted for what it is. You mustn't mind that a poet is a drunk, rather that drunks are not always poets. Oscar Wilde

Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to mediaevalism. Oscar Wilde

How sad it is!" murmured Dorian Gray with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait. "How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June... . If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that! Oscar Wilde

I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day-mock me horribly! Oscar Wilde

You have never been poor, and never known what ambition is. Oscar Wilde

I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not. Oscar Wilde

I have a simple taste, only the best. Oscar Wilde

Psycholog-y is in its infancy, as a science. I hope in the interests of Art, it will always remain so. Oscar Wilde

The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Chicago is a sort of monster-shop, full of bustles and bores. Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Baltimore is amusing for a week, but Philadelphia is dreadfully provincial; and though one can dine in New York one could not dwell there. Oscar Wilde

Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Moralists had, as a rule, regarded it as a mode of warning, had claimed for it a certain ethical efficacy in the formation of character, had praised it as something that taught us what to follow and showed us what to avoid. But there was no motive power in experience. It was as little of an active cause as conscience itself. All that it really demonstrated was that our future would be the same as our past, and that the sin we had done once, and with loathing, we would do many times, and with joy. Oscar Wilde

To begin with, I dined there on Monday, and once a week is quite enough to dine with one's own relations. Oscar Wilde

In fact, now you mention the subject, I have been very bad in my own small way. I don't think you should be so proud of that, though I am sure it must have been very pleasant. Oscar Wilde

I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result. Oscar Wilde

LADY BRACKNELL Algernon is an extremely, I may almost say an ostentatiously, eligible young man. He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire? Oscar Wilde

To be popular one must be a mediocrity." "Not with Women," said the duchess, shaking her head; "and women rule the world. I assure you we can't bear mediocrities. We women, as someone says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes, if you ever love at all." "It seems to me that we never do anything else," murmered Dorian. Oscar Wilde

Life is too short to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk. Oscar Wilde

For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. Oscar Wilde

Don't use big words. They mean so little. Oscar Wilde

One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then all life comes crowding into one single hour. Oscar Wilde

There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession. Oscar Wilde

because to influence a person is to give one's own soul. Oscar Wilde

If people are dishonest once, they will be dishonest a second time. And honest people should keep away from them. (Lady Chiltern) Oscar Wilde

Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal. Oscar Wilde

I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous. Oscar Wilde

Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. Oscar Wilde

The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live- undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly. Oscar Wilde

Because sometimes you have to do something bad to do something good. Oscar Wilde

Wisdom is to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them. Oscar Wilde

What you really are is a Bunburyist. I was quite right in saying you were a Bunburyist. You are one of the most advanced Bunburyists I know. Oscar Wilde

LORD ILLINGWORTH What do you think she'd do if I kissed her? MRS ALLONBY Either marry you, or strike you across the face with her glove. What would you do if she struck you across the face with her glove? LORD ILLINGWORTH Fall in love with her, probably. Oscar Wilde

LADY STUTFIELD I adore silent men. MRS ALLONBY Oh, Ernest isn't silent. He talks the whole time. But he has got no conversation. What he talks about I don't know. I haven't listened to him for years. Oscar Wilde

I don't want to earn a living. I want to live. Oscar Wilde

There is only good art and mediocre art. Oscar Wilde

Oh, how I vainly wished to the bearded man in the sky that I was Neapolitan. Why? So I could bring in a fine Neapolitan pest control to help with Queensberry's problem before it gets out of hand. Oscar Wilde

Authority is quite degrading. Oscar Wilde

I was very much disappointed in the Atlantic Ocean. Oscar Wilde

The beautiful, passionate, ruined South, the land of magnolias and music, of roses and romance . . . living on the memory of crushing defeats Oscar Wilde

memory, like a horrible malady, was eating his soul away Oscar Wilde

Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid. Oscar Wilde

My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all. Oscar Wilde

An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship. Oscar Wilde

To know anything about oneself one must know all about others. Oscar Wilde

Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. Oscar Wilde

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