Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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We shall be notes in that great Symphony Whose cadence circles through the rhythmic spheres, And all the live World's throbbing heart shall be Once with our heart Oscar Wilde

Olvidar un hecho, es modificar el pasado. Oscar Wilde

Faithfulness! I must analyze 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. Oscar Wilde

Oh, I can't explain. When I like people immensely, I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one's life. I suppose you think me awfully foolish about it? Oscar Wilde

There is nothing sane about the worship of beauty. It is too splendid to be sane. Those of whose lives it forms the dominant note will always seem to the world to be pure visionaries. Oscar Wilde

Suddenly I found myself face to face with the young man whose personality had so strangely stirred me. Oscar Wilde

I have no ambition to play the part of a mother, and why should I interfere with her illusions? I find it hard enough to keep my own. Oscar Wilde

It is said that passion makes one think in a circle. Oscar Wilde

The harmony of soul and body - how much that is! We in our madness have separated the two, and have invented a realism that is vulgar, and ideality that is void. Oscar Wilde

These days man knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

But I loved Narcissus because as he lay on my banks and looked down at me, in the mirror of his eyes I saw ever my own beauty mirrored. Oscar Wilde

Lady Bracknell: Is this Miss Prism a female of repellent aspect, remotely connected with education? Chasuble: (Somewhat indignantly) She is the most cultivated of ladies, and the very picture of respectability. Lady Bracknell: It is obviously the same person. Oscar Wilde

She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she had kept all her illusions. Oscar Wilde

All crime is vulgar, just as all vulgarity is a crime Oscar Wilde

It often happened that when we thought we were experimenting on others we were really experimenting on ourselves. Oscar Wilde

I think after Christmas would be better for publication: I am hardly a Christmas present. Oscar Wilde

The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise. Oscar Wilde

There is something in that name that seems to inspire absolute confidence. I pity any poor woman whose husband is not called Ernest. Oscar Wilde

The loves and sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plentitude. Oscar Wilde

For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it. It should have the dignity of a ceremony, as well as its unreality, and should combine the insincere character of a romantic play with the wit and beauty that make such plays delightful to us. Oscar Wilde

It had brought melancholy across his passions. Its mere memory had marred many moments of joy. It had been like conscience to him. Yes, it had been conscience. He would destroy it. Oscar Wilde

Oh! talk to every woman as if you loved her and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact. Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral- immoral from a scientific point of view. Oscar Wilde

My heart shall never be put under their microscope. Oscar Wilde

To be good is to be in harmony with ones self. Discord is to be forces to be in harmony with others. Oscar Wilde

Life is short, art is infinite. Oscar Wilde

We did not dare to breathe a prayer, Or give our anguish scope. Something was dead within each of us, And what was dead was Hope. Oscar Wilde

People who shout so loud, my lords, do nothing; the only men I fear are silent men Oscar Wilde

Practice precedes perfection. Oscar Wilde

With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stock-broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Oscar Wilde

LADY BRACKNELL I had some crumpets with Lady Harbury, who seems to me to be living entirely for pleasure now. ALGERNON I hear her hair has turned quite gold from grief. Oscar Wilde

Besides, women were better suited to bear sorrow than men. They lived on their emotions. They only thought of their emotions. When they took lovers, it was merely to have some one with whom they could have scenes. Oscar Wilde

Yet ruled he not long, so great had been his suffering, and so bitter the fire of his testing, for after the space of three years he died. And he who came after him ruled evilly. Oscar Wilde

The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives. Oscar Wilde

We lose too soon, and only find delight In withered husks of some dead memory. Oscar Wilde

Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. Oscar Wilde

The public is largely influenced by the look of a book. So are we all. It is the only artistic thing about the public. Oscar Wilde

Besides, if Hans came here, he might ask me to let him have some flour on credit, and that I could not do. Flour is one thing, and friendship is another, and they should not be confused. Why, the words are spelled differently, and mean quite different things. Everyone can see that. Oscar Wilde

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

So much had been surrendered! And to such little purpose! There had been mad wilful rejections, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape (...) Oscar Wilde

Poets are not so scrupulous as you are. They know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions. Oscar Wilde

Well, I must say, Algernon, that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die. This shilly-shallying with the question is absurd. Nor do I in any way approve of the modern sympathy with invalids. I consider it morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others. Health is the primary duty of life. Oscar Wilde

Art is not a thing. It is a way. Oscar Wilde

It is simply expression, as Henry says, that gives reality to things. 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. Oscar Wilde

Nothing really at any period of my life was ever of the smallest importance to me compared with Art. But in the case of an artist, weakness is nothing less than a crime, when it is a weakness that paralyses the imagination Oscar Wilde

I remember your saying once that there is a fatality about good resolutions-that they are always made too late. Mine certainly were. Oscar Wilde

You have never been poor, and never known what ambition is. Wealth has given me enormous power. It gave me at the very outset of my life freedom, and freedom is everything. Oscar Wilde

There are only two ways, as you know, of becoming civilized. One is by being cultured, the other is by being corrupt. Oscar Wilde

The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself. Oscar Wilde

For each man kills the thing he loves yet each man does not die he does not die a death of shame on a day of dark disgrace nor have a noose about his neck, nor a cloth upon his face nor drop feet foremost through the floor into an empty space He does not sit with silent men who watch him night and day Who watch him when he tries to weep and when he tries to pray Who watch him lest himself should rob the prison of its prey Oscar Wilde

Secret to remain young is to have an inordinate passion for pleasure. Oscar Wilde

They spoil every romance by trying to make it last for ever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. Oscar Wilde

To tell people what to read is, as a rule, either useless or harmful; for the appreciation of literature is a question of temperament not of teaching; to Parnassus there is no primer and nothing that one can learn is ever worth learning. Oscar Wilde

It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde

artists have sex but art has none Oscar Wilde

Anything approaching an explanation is always derogatory to a work of art. Oscar Wilde

I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir their dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain. Oscar Wilde

As for a spoiled life, no life is spoiled but one whose growth is arrested. Oscar Wilde

They actually succeed in spelling his name right in the newspapers. That in itself is fame, on the continent. Oscar Wilde

Yet the roses are not less lovely for all that Oscar Wilde

And they are unjust to us often, for when they find life bitter they blame us for it, and when they find it sweet we do not taste its sweetness with them. Oscar Wilde

If a personality fascinates me, whatever mode of expression that personality selects is absolutely delightful to me. Oscar Wilde

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination.When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. Oscar Wilde

It is so beautiful that I am sure it has a long Latin name. Oscar Wilde

He would never again tempt innocence. He would be good. Oscar Wilde

we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly. 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

Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life. Oscar Wilde

By the way, Dorian, he (Lord Henry) said, after a pause, what does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose - how does the quotation run? - his own soul? Oscar Wilde



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