Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Every effect that one produces gives one an enemy. To be popular one must be a mediocrity. Oscar Wilde

To get back one's youth one has merely to repeat one's follies. Oscar Wilde

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally. Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit. Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly. Oscar Wilde

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. Oscar Wilde

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. Oscar Wilde

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. Oscar Wilde

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. Oscar Wilde

The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. Oscar Wilde

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. Oscar Wilde

The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves. Oscar Wilde

Everything popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde

If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk. Oscar Wilde

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. Oscar Wilde

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. Oscar Wilde

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives. Oscar Wilde

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. Oscar Wilde

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you. Oscar Wilde

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. Oscar Wilde

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance. Oscar Wilde

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy. Oscar Wilde

Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty. Oscar Wilde

Each class preaches the importance of those virtues it need not exercise. The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor. Oscar Wilde

Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris. Oscar Wilde

Nothing that actually occurs is of the smallest importance Oscar Wilde

The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. Oscar Wilde

It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves. Oscar Wilde

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. Oscar Wilde

One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends. Oscar Wilde

One must have some sort of occupation nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think about. Oscar Wilde

I would not a bit mind sleeping in the cool grass in summer, and when winter came on sheltering myself by the warm close-thatched rick, or under the penthouse of a great barn, provided I had love in my heart. Oscar Wilde

Progress in thought is the assertion of individualism against authority. Oscar Wilde

The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. ... One might point out how the Renaissance was great, because it sought to solve no social problem, and busied itself not about such things, but suffered the individual to develop freely, beautifully, and naturally, and so had great and individual artists, and great, individual men. One might point out how Louis XIV, by creating the modern state, destroyed the individualism of the artist ... Oscar Wilde

There is something very morbid about modern sympathy with pain. 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. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result. Oscar Wilde

Intellectual generalities are always interesting, but generalities in morals mean absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde

The worst vice of the fanatic is his sincerity. Oscar Wilde

Learned conversation is either the affectation of the ignorant or the profession of the mentally unemployed. Oscar Wilde

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing. Oscar Wilde

To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders...It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. Oscar Wilde

I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy. Oscar Wilde

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

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity. Oscar Wilde

The British cook, for her iniquities, is a foolish woman who should be turned into a pillar of salt which she never knows how to use. Oscar Wilde

As I lounged in the Park, or strolled down Piccadilly, I used to look at everyone who passed me, and wonder, with mad curiosity, what sort of lives they led. some of them fascinated me. Others filled me with terror. Oscar Wilde

To be good is to be in harmony with one's self. Oscar Wilde

And once, or twice, to throw the dice is a gentlemanly game, But he does not win who plays with Sin in the secret house of shame Oscar Wilde

St. Paul's Loomed like a bubble o'er the town. Oscar Wilde

The real weakness of England lies, not in incomplete armaments or unfortified coasts, not in the poverty that creeps through sunless lanes, or the drunkenness that brawls in loathsome courts, but simply in the fact that her ideals are emotional and not intellectual. Oscar Wilde

We become lovers when we see Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet makes us students. The blood of Duncan is upon our hands, with Timon werage against the world, and when Lear wanders out upon the heath the terror of madness touches us. Ours is the white sinlessness of Desdemona, and ours, also, the sin of Iago. Oscar Wilde

The gods have been good to you. But what the gods give they quickly take away. You have only a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully. When your youth goes, your beauty will go with it, and then you will suddenly discover that there are no triumphs left for you, or have to content yourself with those mean triumphs that the memory of your past will make more bitter than defeats. Every month as it wanes bring you nearer to something dreadful. Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses. Oscar Wilde

You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that. Oscar Wilde

Every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character. Oscar Wilde

A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset? Oscar Wilde

Yes; poor Bunbury is a dreadful invalid. Well, I must say, Algernon, that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die. This shillyshallying with the question is absurd. Oscar Wilde

I have a business appointment that I am anxious... to miss. Oscar Wilde

JACK Your duty as a gentleman calls you back. ALGERNON My duty as a gentleman has never interfered with my pleasures in the smallest degree. Oscar Wilde

I find I have, and a heart doesn't suit me, Windermere. Somehow it doesn't go with modern dress. It makes one look old. Oscar Wilde

I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else. Oscar Wilde

I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it. You worshipped yourself too much. We are both punished. Oscar Wilde

Every one of course represents the spirit of his age, but there is an eternal aspect of the Spirit of every age which may be caught. To recreate the past from the mutilated fragments of the present is the task of the Historian. Oscar Wilde

Music is the perfect type of art. Oscar Wilde

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