Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. Oscar Wilde

I am Irish by race but the English have condemned me to talk the language of Shakespeare. Oscar Wilde

If you cannot prove a man wrong, don't panic. You can always call him names. Oscar Wilde

Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world. Oscar Wilde

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for. Oscar Wilde

To be popular I must be mediocre. Oscar Wilde

If it is not nailed to the floor, it's mine. If I can pry it loose, it is not nailed down. Oscar Wilde

People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde

Don't imagine that your perfection lies in accumulating or possessing external things. Your affection is inside of you. Oscar Wilde

She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses, cried the young Student; but in all my garden there is no red rose. Oscar Wilde

Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography. Oscar Wilde

My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's. Oscar Wilde

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. The only thing that can console one for being rich is economy. Oscar Wilde

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde

The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man. And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not? Oscar Wilde

The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable. Oscar Wilde

There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannises over the body. There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People. Oscar Wilde

It is sweet to dance to violins When Love and Life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air! Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. Oscar Wilde

Bigamy is having one husband or wife too many. Monogamy is the same. Oscar Wilde

One should always play fair when one has the winning cards. Oscar Wilde

The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. Oscar Wilde

When one is in love one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. Oscar Wilde

This is one of the compliments that mediocrity pays to those who are not mediocre. Oscar Wilde

It is indeed a burning shame that there should be one law for men and another law for women.... I think that there should be no law for anybody. Oscar Wilde

One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell [in Charles Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop] without laughing. Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde

None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves. Oscar Wilde

When one is in love one begins by deceiving one's self. And one ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde

Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is simply a method by which man arrests his progress, and self-sacrifice a survival of the mutilation of the savage. Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional. Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. Oscar Wilde

What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it. Oscar Wilde

Health - silliest word in our language, and one knows well the popular idea of health the English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde

The ugly and the 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. Oscar Wilde

Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. Oscar Wilde

Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find an expression for joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy. Oscar Wilde

With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stock broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Oscar Wilde

People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures. Oscar Wilde

One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age. Oscar Wilde

I love London society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be. Oscar Wilde

The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts. Oscar Wilde

The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them. Oscar Wilde

Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself. Oscar Wilde

There is nothing that art cannot express. Oscar Wilde

Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne. Oscar Wilde

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others. Oscar Wilde

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. Oscar Wilde

You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? Oscar Wilde

When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring. Oscar Wilde

Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss The brave man with a sword Oscar Wilde

Every woman is a rebel. Oscar Wilde

It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. Oscar Wilde

Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Oscar Wilde

Fool, nothing is impossible in Russia but reform. Oscar Wilde

Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed. Oscar Wilde

It's the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Oscar Wilde

Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. Oscar Wilde

If this is the way Queen Victoria treats her prisoners, she doesn't deserve to have any. Oscar Wilde

Poets are not so scrupulous as you are. They know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions." "I hate them for it," cried Hallward. "An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. Some day I will show the world what is it; and for that the world shall never see my portrait of Dorian Gray. 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. Oscar Wilde

For a year after that was done to me I wept every day at the same hour and for the same space of time. That is not such a tragic thing as possibly it sounds to you. To those who are in prison tears are a part of every day's experience. A day in prison on which one does not weep is a day on which one's heart is hard, not a day on which one's heart is happy. Oscar Wilde

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. Oscar Wilde

Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself. Oscar Wilde

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy. Oscar Wilde

He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself. Oscar Wilde



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