Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, and its lack of imagination and of high unattainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopted for its national hero a man who, according to his own confession, was incapable of telling a lie, and it is not too much to say that the story of George Washington and the cherry-tree has done more harm, and in a shorter space of time, than any other moral tale in the whole of literature. Oscar Wilde

One should never listen. To listen is a sign of indifference to one's hearers. Oscar Wilde

Lord Darlington (LD): I think life too complex a thing to be settled by these hard and fast rules. Lady Windemere (LW): If we had 'hard-and-fast rules' we would find life much simpler. LD: You allow of no exceptions? LW: None! LD: Ah, what a fascinating Puritan you are, LW. LW: The adjective was unnecessary, LD. Oscar Wilde

Who am I to tamper with a masterpiece? Oscar Wilde

Life! Life! Don't let us go to life for our fulfillment or our experience. It is a thing narrowed by circumstances, incoherent in its utterance, and without that fine correspondence of form and spirit which is the only thing that can satisfy the artistic Oscar Wilde

Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying. Oscar Wilde

It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes. Oscar Wilde

I was dominated, soul, brain, and power by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream. Oscar Wilde

Poor? What does that matter? When poverty creeps in at the door, love flies in through the window. Oscar Wilde

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn't know the market place of any single thing. Oscar Wilde

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. Oscar Wilde

For, try as we may, we cannot get behind the appearence of things to reality. And the terrible reason may be that there is no reality in the things apart from their appearences. Oscar Wilde

I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself do' interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty. Oscar Wilde

Don't feed the trolls; nothing fuels them so much. Oscar Wilde

America is not a country, it is a world. Oscar Wilde

The things one feels absolutely certain about are never true. That is the fatality of faith, and the lesson of romance. Oscar Wilde

I don't want to earn my living, I want to live. Oscar Wilde

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art Oscar Wilde

I like looking at geniuses and listening to beautiful people. Oscar Wilde

Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little often share. Oscar Wilde

He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives. Oscar Wilde

I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square. Oscar Wilde

Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. Oscar Wilde

Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac. Oscar Wilde

The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored. Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking class. Oscar Wilde

And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of spring, And the rosebud breaks into pink on the climbing briar, And the crocus bed is a quivering moon of fire Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. Oscar Wilde

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty. Oscar Wilde

As for borrowing Mr. Whistler's ideas about art, the only thoroughly original ideas I have ever heard him express have had reference to his own superiority as a painter over painters greater than himself. Oscar Wilde

My great mistake, the fault for which I ca' forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. Oscar Wilde

I do' write this letter to put bitterness into your heart, but to pluck it out of mine. For my own sake I must forgive you. Oscar Wilde

Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing. Oscar Wilde

Her trust makes me faithful, her belief makes me good. Oscar Wilde

Down the long and silent street, The dawn, with silver-sandaled feet, Crept like a frightened girl. Oscar Wilde

What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb. American novels, answered Lord Henry. Oscar Wilde

I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning. Oscar Wilde

My dear boy, the people who love only once in their lives are really the 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. Faithfulness! I must analyse it some day. The passion for property is in it. There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. But I don't want to interrupt you. Go on with your story. Oscar Wilde

If there is anything more annoying in the world than having people talk about you, it is certainly having no one talk about you. Oscar Wilde

It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue. Oscar Wilde

What of Art? -It is a malady. -Love? -An Illusion. -Religion? -The fashionable substitute for Belief. -You are a sceptic. -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. -What are you? -To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde

Don't squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar Oscar Wilde

Either this wallpaper goes, or I do. Oscar Wilde

The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered. Oscar Wilde

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary. Oscar Wilde

A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life. Oscar Wilde

A beggar hates his benefactor as much as he hates himself for begging. Oscar Wilde

Children have a natural antipathy to books- handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous. Oscar Wilde

We live in the age of the overworked and the undereducated. Oscar Wilde

Every prison that men build Is built with bricks of shame, And bound with bars lest Christ should see How men their brothers maim. Oscar Wilde

Perhaps one never seems so much at ones ease as when one has to play a part. Oscar Wilde

The Ideal Man should talk to us as if we were goddesses, and treat us as if we were children. He should refuse all our serious requests, and gratify every one of our whims. He should encourage us to have caprices, and forbid us to have missions. He should always say much more than he means, and always mean much more than he says. Oscar Wilde

...The two great turning-points of my life were when my father sent to Oxford, and when society sent me to prison. Oscar Wilde

It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out. Oscar Wilde

Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain. Oscar Wilde

Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualification. Oscar Wilde

Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. Oscar Wilde

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

As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn't become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde

Now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion. Oscar Wilde

I expect I shall have to die beyond my means. Oscar Wilde

Dammit Sir, it's your duty to get married. You can't always be living for pleasure! Oscar Wilde

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful. Oscar Wilde

Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all. Oscar Wilde

As one reads history, not in the expurgated editions written for schoolboys and passmen, but in the original authorities of each time, one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime. Oscar Wilde

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments. Oscar Wilde

To have friends, you know, one need only be good-natured; but when a man has no enemy left there must be something mean about him. Oscar Wilde

A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection. Oscar Wilde

The best art is about individualism, free self-expression and realising a unique, imaginative perspective- A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent. Oscar Wilde

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. Oscar Wilde

but the bravest man among us is afraid of himself Oscar Wilde



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