Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin. Oscar Wilde

I did not think I should be ever loved: do you indeed Love me so much as now you say you do? Ask of the sea-bird if it loves the sea, Ask of the roses if they love the rain, Ask of the little lark, that will not sing Till day break, if it loves to see the day: And yet, these are but empty images, Mere shadows of my love, which is a fire So great that all the waters of the main Can not avail to quench it. Oscar Wilde

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. Oscar Wilde

The wild Bee reels from bough to bough With his furry coat and his gauzy wing, Now in a lily cup, and now Setting a jacinth bell a-swing, In his wandering. Oscar Wilde

At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets. Oscar Wilde

Like two doomed ships that pass in storm we had crossed each other's way: but we made no sign, we said no word, we had no word to say. Oscar Wilde

Newspapers have degenerated. They may now be absolutely relied upon. Oscar Wilde

He thinks like a Tory, and talks like a Radical, and that's so important nowadays. Oscar Wilde

No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism. Oscar Wilde

Nature: a place where birds fly around uncooked Oscar Wilde

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments. Oscar Wilde

The man who says he has exhausted life generally means that life has exhausted him. Oscar Wilde

There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband. Oscar Wilde

I envy you going to Oxford: it is the most flower-like time of one's life. One sees the shadow of things in silver mirrors. Later on, one sees the Gorgon's head, and one suffers, because it does not turn one to stone. Oscar Wilde

To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing. Oscar Wilde

It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest. Oscar Wilde

Fantastic shadows of birds Oscar Wilde

Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt. Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Oscar Wilde

All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of. Oscar Wilde

Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us. Oscar Wilde

The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure. Oscar Wilde

Love is a misunderstanding between two fools. Oscar Wilde

Her love was trembling in laughter on her lips. Oscar Wilde

The quivering, ardent sunlight showed him the lines of cruelty round the mouth as clearly as if he had been looking into a mirror after he had done some dreadful thing. Oscar Wilde

Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. Oscar Wilde

I treated Art as the supreme reality and life as a mere mode of fiction. Oscar Wilde

God is love, love is blind, Stevie Wonder is blind, therefore Stevie Wonder is God. Oscar Wilde

I'm so smart, I read and understand Hegel Oscar Wilde

God's eternal laws are kind-and break the heart of stone. Oscar Wilde

One should never make one's entrance with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age. Oscar Wilde

Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine. It seeks to show new perspectives and other choices. It is a way to help expand and liberate the consciousness; our experiences, understandings, imaginings, options and thereby our lives. Oscar Wilde

A temperament capable of receiving, through an imaginative medium, and under imaginative conditions, new and beautiful impressions, is the only temperament that can appreciate a work of art. Oscar Wilde

Travel ennobles the spirit and does away with our prejudices. Oscar Wilde

I don't 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

Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. Oscar Wilde

When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself. Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of Genius-is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it. Oscar Wilde

Nature is always behind the age Oscar Wilde

Any place that we love becomes our world. Oscar Wilde

I don't play accurately-any one can play accurately-but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life. Oscar Wilde

Christ did not die to save people, but to teach people how to save each other. This is, I have no doubt, a grave heresy, but it is also a fact. Oscar Wilde

The unread is always better than the unreadable. Oscar Wilde

Any map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at. Oscar Wilde

I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. Oscar Wilde

Would you be in any way offended if I said that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection? Oscar Wilde

How long could you love a woman who didn't love you, Cecil? A woman who didn't love me? Oh, all my life! Oscar Wilde

Industry is the root of all ugliness. Oscar Wilde

Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy. Oscar Wilde

How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can't make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless." "Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them." "I say it's perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances. Oscar Wilde

I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men, and the colour of things: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all things in a phrase, all existence in an epigram: whatever I touched I made beautiful Oscar Wilde

History is a lie commonly agreed upon. Oscar Wilde

Don't run down dyed hair and painted faces. There is an extraordinary charm in them, sometimes. Oscar Wilde

The best way to appreciate your job is to, is here to stay. Oscar Wilde

Truth in art is the unity of a thing with itself: the outward rendered expressive of the inward: the soul made incarnate: the body instinct with spirit. For this reason there is no truth comparable to sorrow. Oscar Wilde

All women are rebels. Oscar Wilde

I gave my genius to my life, but my talent to my art. Oscar Wilde

Imitation is the homage mediocrity pays to greatness. Oscar Wilde

A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde

The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just at present. Oscar Wilde

A man is called affected, nowadays, if he dresses as he likes to dress. But in doing that he is acting in a perfectly natural manner. Affectation, in such matters, consists in dressing according to the views of one's neighbour, whose views, as they are the views of the majority, will probably be extremely stupid. Oscar Wilde

When I had to fill in my immigration papers, I gave my age as 19, and my profession as genius; I added that I had nothing to declare except my talent. Oscar Wilde

There's no sin but stupidity. Oscar Wilde

Give children beauty, not the record of bloody slaughters and barbarous brawls, as they call history, or of the latitude and longitude of places nobody cares to visit, as they call geography. Oscar Wilde

Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk. Oscar Wilde

Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror. Oscar Wilde

All art is immoral. Oscar Wilde

A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde

Lady Hunstanton: But do you believe all that is written in the newspapers? Lord Illingworth: I do. Nowadays it is only the unreadable that occurs. Oscar Wilde



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