Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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I could deny myself the pleasure of talking, but not to others the pleasure of listening. Oscar Wilde

resist nothing but temptation Oscar Wilde

To elope is cowardly; it is running away from danger, and danger has become so rare in modern life. 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

unmown grass Oscar Wilde

keep love in your heart Oscar Wilde

A misanthrope I can understand-a womanthrope, never! Oscar Wilde

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

Lord Henry smiled. People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity. Oscar Wilde

She is all the great heroines of the world in one. Oscar Wilde

Just as the worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realised by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it, so, in the present state of things in England, the people who do most harm are the people who try to do most good. Oscar Wilde

What is the difference between scandal and gossip? Oh! gossip is charming! History is merely gossip, but scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde

The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ. Oscar Wilde

The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst Oscar Wilde

every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. the sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. Oscar Wilde

Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable.They always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf. Oscar Wilde

No artist has ethical sympathies. Oscar Wilde

Besides, every experience is of value, and whatever one may say against marriage, it is certainly an experience. Oscar Wilde

The Odyssey was written by Homer, or another Greek of the same name. Oscar Wilde

And your eyes, they were green and grey Like an April day, But lit into amethyst When I stooped and kissed; And your mouth, it would never smile For a long, long while, Then it rippled all over with laughter Five minutes after. You were always afraid of a shower, Just like a flower: I remember you started and ran When the rain began. I remember I never could catch you, For no one could match you, You had wonderful, luminous, fleet, Little wings to your feet. Oscar Wilde

I admit that i think it is better to be beautiful then to be good. But on the other hand no one is more ready to admit then i, it is better to be good then ugly. Oscar Wilde

Ah! then it must be an illusion. The things one feels absolutely certain about are never true. That is the fatality of faith, and the lesson of romance. Oscar Wilde

I never intend to grow old. The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. Oscar Wilde

I should fancy that the real tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self-denial. Oscar Wilde

It was a poor thing she felt for anyone to be born a foreigner. Oscar Wilde

And Beauty is a form of Genius - is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. Oscar Wilde

I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. Oscar Wilde

Women spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. Oscar Wilde

loving for their mere artificiality those renunciations that men have unwisely called virtue, as much as those natural rebellions that wise men still call sin. Oscar Wilde

From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and 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 Oscar Wilde

Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing Oscar Wilde

That is one of the secrets of life - to cure the soul by means of the senses, and the senses by means of the soul. You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know. Oscar Wilde

Cecily: Oh, yes. Dr. Chasuble is a most learned man. He has never written a single book, so you can imagine how much he knows. Oscar Wilde

In matters of great importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing. Oscar Wilde

Oh! Anything becomes a pleasure if one does it too often. Oscar Wilde

Nay, without thought or conscious desire, might not things external to ourselves vibrate in unison with our moods and passions, atom calling to atom in secret love or strange affinity? Oscar Wilde

Threads snap. You would lose your way in the labyrinth. Oscar Wilde

How extraordinary! I thought you would never care for anything but your art.He is all my art to me now. Oscar Wilde

Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde

Me, sir! What has it to do with me? You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter - a girl brought up with the utmost care - to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel? Good morning, Mr. Worthing! Oscar Wilde

the secrets of art are best learned in secret, and that Beauty, like Wisdom, loves the lonely worshipper. Oscar Wilde

I am dying beyond my means Oscar Wilde

I have forgotten all about my school days. I have a vague impression that they were detestable. Oscar Wilde

Intellect is in itself an exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Oscar Wilde

Questions are never indiscreet.Answers sometimes are. Oscar Wilde

He was like a common gardener walking with a rose. Oscar Wilde

Better to take pleasure in a rose than to put its root under a microscope. Oscar Wilde

Indeed, as a rule, everybody turns out to be somebody else. Oscar Wilde

People are either hunting for husbands, or hiding from them. Oscar Wilde

Wishing to make an effective entrance, he flung it wide open, when a heavy jug of water fell right down on him, wetting him to the skin, and just missing his left shoulder by a couple of inches. At the same moment he heard stifled shrieks of laughter proceeding from the four-post bed. Oscar Wilde

Every single human being should be the fulfilment of a prophecy. Oscar Wilde

As for being poisoned by a book, there is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde

When poverty creeps in at the door, love flies in through the window. Oscar Wilde

There is nothing like race, is there? Oscar Wilde

The only horrible thing in the world is ennui, Oscar Wilde

Whatever one writes, comes to pass. Oscar Wilde

We have chains, though no eye beholds them; and are slaves, though men call us free. Oscar Wilde

My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as disgraceful as the way Gwendolen flirts with you. Oscar Wilde

High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt. Oscar Wilde

It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. Oscar Wilde

the serious study of the great aristocratic art of doing absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde

But this murder-was it to dog him all his life? Was he always to be burdened by his past? Was he really Oscar Wilde

When he had been away, he had been filled with terror lest other eyes should look upon Oscar Wilde

Ah! that is the great thing in life, to live the truth. Oscar Wilde

Psychology is in its infancy, as a science. I hope, in the interests of Art, it will always remain so. Oscar Wilde

It was better to know the worst, whatever it was, than to be left in this hideous uncertainty. Oscar Wilde

You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. That is all. Oscar Wilde

For it was an unjust mirror, this mirror of his soul that he was looking at. Vanity? Curiosity? Hypocrisy? Had there been nothing more in his renunciation than that? There had been something more. Oscar Wilde

Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They discover everything except the obvious. Oscar Wilde

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