Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
Total Quotes: 3464


I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world... And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was that I confined myself so exclusively to the trees of what seemed to me the sun-lit side of the garden, and shunned the other side for its shadow and its gloom. Oscar Wilde

If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated. Oscar Wilde

Common sense is the enemy of Romance :P:P Oscar Wilde

One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy. Oscar Wilde

I see that any materialism in life coarsens the soul, and that the hunger of the body and the appetites of the flesh desecrate always, and often destroy. Oscar Wilde

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. Oscar Wilde

The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer. Oscar Wilde

He wants to enslave you.' 'I shudder at the thought of being free. Oscar Wilde

I'm too old to know everything Oscar Wilde

I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock. Oscar Wilde

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. My prayer was to be immortalized by unintelligent gibbons on a satirical Web site. Oscar Wilde

Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling. Oscar Wilde

The reason we are so pleased to find other people's secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own. Oscar Wilde

Art should never be popular. Oscar Wilde

Just to let you know that the buffet car will be closing for stocktaking in five minutes. The next station stop is Chesterfield. Oscar Wilde

Palermo was lovely. The most beautifully situated town in the world - it dreams away its life in the Conca d'Oro, the exquisite valley that lies between two seas. The lemon groves and the orange gardens were entirely perfect. Oscar Wilde

Everyone should keep someone else's diary. Oscar Wilde

I have never killed anyone, but I have often read about some guy getting his ass taken out with great pleasure Oscar Wilde

One's dreams must be big enough so as not to lose sight of them. Oscar Wilde

God, bless me with luxury. Necessities I can do without. Oscar Wilde

And if it feels good... Feel it! Oscar Wilde

There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Oscar Wilde

No one wants to see a play called 'Lady Windermere's Fan'. It's going to be called 'Cocks in Frocks II' or I will find another publisher Oscar Wilde

When I was young, I was no one. Now, I'm worldwilde. Oscar Wilde

As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognise the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection. Oscar Wilde

What the hell is an oboe? Oscar Wilde

The only thing that the artist cannot see is the obvious. The only thing that the public can see is the obvious... Oscar Wilde

Public opinion exists only where there are no ideas. Oscar Wilde

And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity's machine. Oscar Wilde

Oh! journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde

Kelvil: May I ask, Lord Illingworth, if you regard the House of Lords as a better institution than the House of Commons? Lord Illingworth: A much better institution of course. We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body. Oscar Wilde

Even the disciple has his uses. He stands behind one's throne, and at the moment of one's triumph whispers in one's ear that, after all, one is immortal. Oscar Wilde

Jack: That, my dear Algy, is the whole truth pure and simple. Algernon: The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility! Oscar Wilde

In married life, three is company, and two is none. Oscar Wilde

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die. Oscar Wilde

Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to. Oscar Wilde

Man reaches his perfection, not through what he has, not even through what he does, but entirely through what he is. Oscar Wilde

High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. 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

We are specially designed to appeal to the sense of humour. Oscar Wilde

Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Oscar Wilde

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

I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible. Oscar Wilde

That he is indeed one of the very greatest masters of painting is my opinion. And I may add that in this opinion Mr. Whistler himself entirely concurs. Oscar Wilde

Pathology is rapidly becoming the basis of sensational literature, and in art, as in politics, there is a great future for monsters. Oscar Wilde

Anybody can write a three-volumed novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature. Oscar Wilde

Ernest Harrowden, one of those middle-aged mediocrities so common in London clubs who have no enemies, but are thoroughly disliked by their friends. Oscar Wilde

Crime belongs exclusively to the lower orders. I don't blame them in the smallest degree. I should fancy that crime was to them what art is to us, simply a method of procuring extraordinary sensations. Oscar Wilde

Just as there are false dawns before the dawn itself, and winter-days so full of sudden sunlight that they will cheat the wise crocus into squandering its gold before its time, and make some foolish bird call to its mate to build on barren boughs, so there were Christians before Christ.... The unfortunate thing is that there have been none since. Oscar Wilde

I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence... In the afternoon, I put it back again. Oscar Wilde

We Irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks. Oscar Wilde

Ah, now-a-days we are all of us so hard up, that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay. Oscar Wilde

Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman. Oscar Wilde

The sin was mine; I did not understand. So now is music prisoned in her cave, Save where some ebbing desultory wave Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand... Oscar Wilde

I do' regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience. Oscar Wilde

I have put my genius into my life; all I've put into my works is my talent. Oscar Wilde

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at. Oscar Wilde

The Bostonians take their learning too sadly: culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Oscar Wilde

Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Oscar Wilde

It is well for our vanity that we slay the criminal, for if we suffered him to live he might show us what we had gained by his crime. Oscar Wilde

The nineteenth century is a turning point in history, simply on account of the work of two men, Darwin and Renan, the one the critic of the Book of Nature, the other the critic of the books of God. Oscar Wilde

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

Nothing is good in moderation. You cannot know good in anything until you have torn the heart out of it by excess. Oscar Wilde

Nothing is impossible in Russia but reform. Oscar Wilde

The Americans are certainly hero-worshippers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde

The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us. Oscar Wilde

His work was that curious mixture of bad painting and good intentions that always entitles a man to be called a representative British artist. Oscar Wilde

By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful. Oscar Wilde

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither. Oscar Wilde



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