Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . . Oscar Wilde

To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice. Oscar Wilde

Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority. Oscar Wilde

The very essence of romance is uncertainty. Oscar Wilde

It is perfectly monstrous,' he said, at last, 'the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true. Oscar Wilde

The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality. Oscar Wilde

A beautiful woman risking everything for a mad passion. A few wild weeks of happiness cut short by a hideous, treacherous crime. Months of voiceless agony, and then a child born in pain. The mother snatched away by death, the boy left to solitude and the tyranny of an old and loveless man. Yes, it was an interesting background. It posed the lad, made him more perfect as it were. Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde

I love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing I know anything about. Oscar Wilde

If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. Oscar Wilde

After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world. Oscar Wilde

To look wise is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier. Oscar Wilde

Ordinary people waited till life disclosed to them its secrets, but to the few, to the elect, the mysteries of life were revealed before the veil was drawn away. Sometimes this was the effect of art, and chiefly of the art of literature, which dealt immediately with the passions and the intellect. Oscar Wilde

There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God. Oscar Wilde

Good heavens, I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden." "But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins!" "I said it was perfectly heartless of YOU under the circumstances. That is a very different thing." "That may be, but the muffins are the same! Oscar Wilde

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. Oscar Wilde

Death is a great price to pay for a red rose", cried the Nightingale, "and Life is very dear to all. " It is pleasant to sit in the green wood, and watch the Sun in his chariot of gold, and the Moon in her chariot of pearl. Sweet is the scent oft he hawthorn, and sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley, and the heather that blows on the hill. Yet Love is better than Life, and what is the heart of a bird compared to the heart of a man? Oscar Wilde

People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards. Oscar Wilde

I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything. Oscar Wilde

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement. Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness. Oscar Wilde

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. Oscar Wilde

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. Oscar Wilde

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love. Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes. Oscar Wilde

Alas, I am dying beyond my means. Oscar Wilde

There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies. Oscar Wilde

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde

It is always the unreadable that occurs. Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. Oscar Wilde

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. Oscar Wilde

That is the mission of art - to make us pause and look at a thing a second time. Oscar Wilde

Foxhunting... the unspeakable pursuing the inedible. Oscar Wilde

We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it. The public like to insult poets because they are individual, but once they have insulted them, they leave them alone. Oscar Wilde

You are young. No hungry generations tread you down. The past does not mock you with the ruins of a beauty the secret of whose creation you have lost Oscar Wilde

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

Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable Oscar Wilde

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. Oscar Wilde

Romance lives by repetition, and repetition converts an appetite into an art. Besides, each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible. Oscar Wilde

No man should have a secret from his wife. She invariably finds it out. Oscar Wilde

If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself - a rare type in our time ... you rise from table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified your days. But Oh! my dear Ernest, to sit next to a man who has spent his life in trying to educate others! What a dreadful experience that is! Oscar Wilde

Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned. Oscar Wilde

The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. Oscar Wilde

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends. Oscar Wilde

The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Oscar Wilde

No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists. Oscar Wilde

I don't mind plain women being puritans. It is the only excuse they have for being plain. Oscar Wilde

I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures. Oscar Wilde

Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force. Oscar Wilde

I don't like Switzerland; it has produced nothing but theologians and waiters. Oscar Wilde

As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back. Oscar Wilde

Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence. Oscar Wilde

The gods bestowed on Max [Beerbohm] the gift of perpetual old age. Oscar Wilde

Ah! happy day they whose hearts can break And peace of pardon win! How else may man make straight his plan And cleanse his soul from Sin? How else but through a broken heart May Lord Christ enter in? Oscar Wilde

Look at the moon. How strange the moon seems! She is like a woman rising from a tomb. She is like a dead woman. One might fancy she was looking for dead things. Oscar Wilde

Ah, on what little things does happiness depend. Oscar Wilde

More women grow old nowadays through the faithfulness of their admirers than through anything else. Oscar Wilde

Like strange mechanical grotesques, Making fantastic arabesques, The shadows raced across the blind. Oscar Wilde

Though one can dine in New York, one could not dwell there. Oscar Wilde

All modes of government are failures. Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things. Oligarchies are unjust to the many, and ochlocracies are unjust to the few. High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. It has been found out. I must say that it was high time, for all authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised. Oscar Wilde

The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid Oscar Wilde

You have always told me it was Ernest. I have introduced you to every one as Ernest. You answer to the name of Ernest. You look as if your name was Ernest. You are the most earnest-looking person I ever saw in my life. It is perfectly absurd your saying that your name isn't Ernest. Oscar Wilde

She has form," he said to himself, as he walked away through the grove - "that cannot be denied to her; but has she got feeling? I am afraid not. In fact, she is like most artists; she is all style, without any sincerity. She would not sacrifice herself for others. She thinks merely of music, and everybody knows that arts are selfish. Still, it must be admitted that she has some beautiful notes in her voice. What a pity it is that they do not mean anything, or do any practical good. Oscar Wilde

Aestheticism is a search after the signs of the beautiful. It is the science of the beautiful through which men seek the correlation of the arts. It is, to speak more exactly, the search after the secret of life. Oscar Wilde

Algy, you always adopt a strictly immoral attitude towards life. You are not quite old enough to do that. Oscar Wilde



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