Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Punctuality is the thief of time. Wilde I never travel without my diary. One should always have Something sensational to read in the train. Oscar Wilde

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

I have my beauty, - you your Art - Nay, do not start: One world was not enough for two Like me and you. Oscar Wilde

Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! What shall men say of thee. Before whose feet the worlds divide? Oscar Wilde

Ah! somehow life is bigger after all Than any painted angel could we see The God that is within us! Oscar Wilde

Well, I ca' help going to see Sibyl play, even if it is only for an act. I get hungry for her presence; and when I think of the wonderful soul that is hidden away in that little ivory body, I am filled with awe." "You can dine with me to-night, Dorian, ca' you?" He shook his head. "To night she is Imogen," he answered, "and tomorrow night she will be Juliet." "When is she Sibyl Vane?" "Never." "I congratulate you. Oscar Wilde

Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable. Oscar Wilde

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer. Oscar Wilde

If people were meant to be nude, they would have been born this way. Oscar Wilde

And the marvellous rose became crimson, like the rose of the eastern sky. Crimson was the girdle of petals, and crimson as a ruby was the heart Oscar Wilde

All great ideas are dangerous. Oscar Wilde

What the artist is always looking for is the mode of existence in which soul and body are one and indivisible: in which the outward is expressive of the inward: in which form reveals. Oscar Wilde

All the spring may be hidden in the single bud, and the low ground nest of the lark may hold the joy that is to herald the feet of many rose-red dawns. Oscar Wilde

The one charm about the past is that it is the past. But women never know when the curtain has fallen. Oscar Wilde

I have been right, Basil, haven't I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare's plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth. Oscar Wilde

If one were to live his life fully and completely were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream. Oscar Wilde

But we never get back our youth... The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to. Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde

But then one regrets the loss even of one's worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one's personality. Oscar Wilde

Can they feel, I wonder, those white silent people we call the dead? Oscar Wilde

Oh! I don't think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn't know what to talk to him about. Oscar Wilde

I am sorry my life is so marred and maimed by extravagance. But I cannot live otherwise. I, at any rate, pay the penalty of suffering. Oscar Wilde

He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him. Oscar Wilde

The 19thc hatred of Realism is Caliban's enraged reaction to seeing his own face in the mirror. The 19thc rejection of Romanticism is Caliban's fury at not seeing his face reflected in the mirror. Oscar Wilde

So much had been surrendered! And to such little purpose! There had been mad wilful rejections, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape. Oscar Wilde

Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method of music - his own. To the great painter, there is only one manner of painting - that which he himself employs. The aesthetic critic, and the aesthetic critic alone, can appreciate all forms and all modes. It is to him that Art makes her appeal. Oscar Wilde

London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy. Oscar Wilde

Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness. 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

On the whole, the great success of marriage in the States is due partly to the fact that no American man is ever idle, and partly to the fact that no American wife is considered responsible for the quality of her husband's dinners. Oscar Wilde

For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners. Oscar Wilde

The morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. Oscar Wilde

What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons ... Oscar Wilde

When I went to America I had two secretaries, one for autographs, one for locks of hair. Within six months the one had died of writer's cramp, the other was completely bald. Oscar Wilde

A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. Oscar Wilde

It is sometimes said that the tragedy of an artist's life is that he cannot realise his ideal. But the true tragedy that dogs the steps of most artists is that they realise their ideal too absolutely. For, when the ideal is realised, it is robbed of its wonder and its mystery, and becomes simply a new starting-point for an ideal that is other than itself. Oscar Wilde

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. It is grossly selfish to require of one's neighbour that he should think in the same way, and hold the same opinions. Why should he? If he can think, he will probably think differently. If he cannot think, it is monstrous to require thought of any kind from him. Oscar Wilde

All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death. Oscar Wilde

Don't give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can't wear in the evening. Oscar Wilde

Men become old, but they never become good. Oscar Wilde

I prefer women with a past. They're always so damned amusing to talk to. Oscar Wilde

Reforms in Russia are very tragic, but they always end in a farce. Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. Oscar Wilde

The public has always, and in every age, been badly brought up. They are continually asking Art to be popular, to please their want of taste, to flatter their absurd vanity, to tell them what they have been told before, to show them what they ought to be tired of seeing, to amuse them when they feel heavy after eating too much, and to distract their thoughts when they are wearied of their own stupidity. Oscar Wilde

Education is very admirable but let us not forget that anything worth knowing cannot be taught. Oscar Wilde

At every single moment of one's life one is what one is going to be no less than what one has been. Oscar Wilde

As one reads history ... one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted. Oscar Wilde

To look at a thing is very different from seeing it. Oscar Wilde

It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing Oscar Wilde

As for modern journalism, it is not my business to defend it. It justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarest. Oscar Wilde

A process which makes one rogue cleverer than another. Oscar Wilde

My philosophy? I'm always right and you are wrong. Oscar Wilde

The last person who ever crossed me is dead under my bed!!! Oscar Wilde

It is a very poor consolation to be told that the man who has given one a bad dinner, or poor wine, is irreproachable in private life. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrees. Oscar Wilde

It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style. Oscar Wilde

It is exactly because a man cannot do a thing that he is a proper judge of it Oscar Wilde

Marriage is hardly a thing one can do now and then, except in America. Oscar Wilde

Well, I can't help going to see Sibyl play, even if it is only for an act. I get hungry for her presence; and when I think of the wonderful soul that is hidden away in that little ivory body, I am filled with awe." "You can dine with me to-night, Dorian, can't you?" He shook his head. "To night she is Imogen," he answered, "and tomorrow night she will be Juliet." "When is she Sibyl Vane?" "Never." "I congratulate you. Oscar Wilde

The weather is entrancing, but in my heart there is no sun. Oscar Wilde

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated. Oscar Wilde

A man who moralizes is a hypocrite, and a woman who does so is invariably plain. Oscar Wilde

My writing has gone to bits - like my character. I am simply a self-conscious nerve in pain. Oscar Wilde

Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment's solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest. Oscar Wilde

Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking Champagne Oscar Wilde

But what is the good of friendship if one cannot say exactly what one means? Anybody can say charming things and try to please and to flatter, but a true friend always says unpleasant things, and does not mind giving pain. Indeed, if he is a really true friend he prefers it, for he knows that then he is doing good. Oscar Wilde

Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be. Oscar Wilde

Always be a little unexpected. Oscar Wilde

Two men look out a window. One sees mud, the other sees the stars. Oscar Wilde

Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant. Oscar Wilde

The Number our envious Persons, confirmation our capability. Oscar Wilde



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