Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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To be good is to be in harmony with oneself. Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others. Oscar Wilde

Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost. Oscar Wilde

The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence. Oscar Wilde

Shakespeare might have met Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the white streets of London, or seen the serving-men of rival houses bite their thumbs at each other in the open square; but Hamlet came out of his soul, and Romeo out of his passion. Oscar Wilde

A gentleman never offends unintentionally Oscar Wilde

Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Oscar Wilde

There is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. Oscar Wilde

It's beauty that captures your attention. personality which captures your heart. Oscar Wilde

Oh, he occasionally takes an alcoholiday. Oscar Wilde

It is only the sacred things that are worth touching Oscar Wilde

They have been eating muffins. That looks like repentance Oscar Wilde

Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better. Oscar Wilde

The final mystery is oneself. Oscar Wilde

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky. Oscar Wilde

The simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me. Oscar Wilde

You can fake intelligence, but you can't fake wit. Oscar Wilde

Intuition is a strange instinct that tells a woman she is right, whether she is or not. Oscar Wilde

It is chiefly, I regret to say, through journalism that such people find expression. I regret it because there is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde

Everybody in American seems in a rush to catch a train. Oscar Wilde

It is always worth while asking a question, though it is not always worth while answering one. Oscar Wilde

Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile. Oscar Wilde

If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it. Oscar Wilde

Once can survive everything nowadays, except death. Oscar Wilde

Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding. Oscar Wilde

I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. Oscar Wilde

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst; the last is a real tragedy! Oscar Wilde

Oh! no one. No one in particular. A woman of no importance. Oscar Wilde

To love one's self is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde

Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde

Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them, women will forgive them anything, even their gigantic intellects. Oscar Wilde

The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence. Oscar Wilde

I never take any notice to what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. Oscar Wilde

The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. We reject the burden of their memory, and have anodynes against them. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. In some tiny ivory cell the brain stores the most delicate, and the most fleeting impressions. Oscar Wilde

You silly Arthur! If you knew anything about...anything, which you don't, you would know that I adore you. Everyone in London knows it except you. It is a public scandal the way I adore you. I have been going about for the last six months telling the whole of society that I adore you. I wonder you consent to have anything to say to me. I have no character left at all. At least, I feel so happy that I am quite sure I have no character left at all. Oscar Wilde

I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves. Oscar Wilde

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up. Oscar Wilde

My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. Oscar Wilde

How does one cure the soul? Through the senses Oscar Wilde

After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one's tears. Oscar Wilde

If you are going to tell people the truth, you had better make them laugh or they will kill you. Oscar Wilde

Do you smoke? Well, yes, I must admit I smoke. I'm glad to hear of it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. Oscar Wilde

It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words. Oscar Wilde

I had buried my romance in a bed of asphodel. Oscar Wilde

When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also. Oscar Wilde

The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. Oscar Wilde

I feel that if I kept it secret it might grow in my mind (as poisonous things grow in the dark) and take its place with the other terrible thoughts that gnaw me Oscar Wilde

There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor. Oscar Wilde

There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes 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

The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art. Oscar Wilde

Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is no less perfect than the last. Oscar Wilde

Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly Oscar Wilde

There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them... Oscar Wilde

How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver. Oscar Wilde

Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde

We quaff the cup of life with eager haste without draining it, instead of which it only overflows the brim - objects press around us, filling the mind with the throng of desires that wait upon them, so that we have no room for the thoughts of death. Oscar Wilde

It is only through Art and through Art only that we can realize our perfection; Through Art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence. Oscar Wilde

I wrote when I did not know life; now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no more to write. Life cannot be written; life can only be lived. Oscar Wilde

The more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art really reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious crudities, her extraordinary monotony, her absolutely unfinished condition. Oscar Wilde

Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical. Oscar Wilde

Give me the luxuries and I can dispense with the necessities. Oscar Wilde

Genius is born-not paid Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight. Oscar Wilde

No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. Oscar Wilde

The best one can say of modern creative art is that it is just a little less vulgar than reality. Oscar Wilde

Life is a great disappointment. Oscar Wilde

Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilization. Oscar Wilde

It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done. Oscar Wilde

Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not. Oscar Wilde

In a temple everything should be serious except the thing that is being worshiped. Oscar Wilde

People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. Oscar Wilde

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