Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Dorian Gray frowned and turned his head away. He could not help liking the tall, graceful young man who was standing by him. His romantic, olive-coloured face and worn expression interested him. There was something in his low languid voice that was absolutely fascinating. His cool, white, flowerlike hands, even, had a curious charm. They moved, as he spoke, like music, and seemed to have a language of their own. But he felt afraid of him, and ashamed of being afraid. Oscar Wilde

Jack. [After some hesitation.] I know nothing, Lady Bracknell. Lady Bracknell. I am pleased to hear it. 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

The terror of a child in prison is quite limitless Oscar Wilde

The is nothing that art cannot express Oscar Wilde

As he passed out, he used to look with wonder at the black confessionals and long to sit in the dim shadow of one of them and listen to men and women whispering through the worn grating the true story of their lives. Oscar Wilde

And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value. Oscar Wilde

It will be a marvellous thing - the true personality of man - when we see it. It will grow naturally and simply, flowerlike, or as a tree grows. It will not be at discord. It will never argue or dispute. It will not prove things. It will know everything. And yet it will not busy itself about knowledge. It will have wisdom. Its value will not be measured by material things. It will have nothing. And yet it will have everything, and whatever one takes from it, it will still have, so rich will it be. It will not be always meddling with others, or asking them to be like itself. It will love them because they will be different. And yet while it will not meddle with others, it will help all, as a beautiful thing helps us, by being what it is. The personality of man will be very wonderful. It will be as wonderful as the personality of a child. Oscar Wilde

All I want now is to look at life. You may come and look at it with me, if you care to. Oscar Wilde

He read of the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde that weeps tears of granite in its lonely sunless exile and longs to be back by the hot, lotus-covered Nile. Oscar Wilde

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

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob Oscar Wilde

No son of mine should ever take the side of the Puritans: that is always an error. Oscar Wilde

But he felt afraid of him, and ashamed of being afraid. Why had it been left for a stranger to reveal him to himself? Oscar Wilde

He was dreadfully short-sighted, and there was no pleasure in taking a husband who never sees anything. Oscar Wilde

At least, I have not made my heart a heart of stone, Nor starved my boyhood of is goodly feast, Nor walked where beauty is a thing unknown. Oscar Wilde

Yesterday evening Mrs. Arundel insisted on my going to the window, and looking at the glorious sky, as she called it. Of course I had to look at it. She is one of those absurdly pretty Philistines to whom one can deny nothing. And what was it? It was simply a very second-rate Turner, a Turner of a bad period Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old but that one is young. Oscar Wilde

To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders...It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances Oscar Wilde

A strange sense of loss came over him. He felt that Dorian Gray would never again be to him all that he had been in the past. Life had come between them.... His eyes darkened, and the crowded, flaring streets became blurred to his eyes. When the cab drew up at the theatre, it seemed to him that he had grown years older. 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. Oscar Wilde

Every experience is of value. Oscar Wilde

Sometimes we can spend years without living at all, and suddenly our whole life is concentrated in a single moment . Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. 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. Oscar Wilde

The people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. Oscar Wilde

Twisted minds are as natural to some people as twisted bodies. Oscar Wilde

He says things that annoy me. He gives me good advice. Oscar Wilde

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

One should always play fairly... when one has the winning cards. Oscar Wilde

y. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live-undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. Oscar Wilde

As it was, we always misunderstood ourselves, and rarely understood others. Oscar Wilde

No: a poor man who is ungrateful, unthrifty, discontented and rebellious, is probably a real personality, and has much in him...As for the virtuous poor...they have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very poor pottage. Oscar Wilde

I hardly think that any Socialist, nowadays, would seriously propose that an inspector should call every morning at each house to see that each citizen rose up and did manual labour for eight hours. Oscar Wilde

There was blood on the painted feet, as though the thing had dripped-blood even on the hand that had not held the knife. Oscar Wilde

To introduce real people into a novel or a play is a sign of an unimaginative mind, a coarse, untutored observation and an entire absence of style. Oscar Wilde

The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to some one else, if she is plain. Oscar Wilde

The joy of a caged bird was in her voice. Oscar Wilde

The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought, and sold, and bartered away. It can be poisoned, or made perfect. There is a soul in each one of us. I know it. Oscar Wilde

Death is the brother of Sleep, is he not? Oscar Wilde

As for being poisoned by a book, there is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action. Oscar Wilde

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

The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes, Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. Oscar Wilde

I think thy spirit hath passed away From these white cliffs and high-embattled towers; This gorgeous fiery-coloured world of ours Seems fallen into ashes dull and grey Oscar Wilde

I have come up to town expressly to propose to her. Algernon. I thought you had come up for pleasure? . . . I call that business. Oscar Wilde

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 failure. a 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 spring-time, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has its divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it. Oscar Wilde

He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and wine were on his hands When they found him with the dead Oscar Wilde

But surely it is something to have been The best beloved for a little while, To have walked hand in hand with Love, and seen His purple wings flit once across thy smile. Oscar Wilde

women love us for our defects; if we have enough of them they will forgive us everything Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find her way by moonlight. Oscar Wilde

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

To be in Society is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy. Society is a necessary thing. Oscar Wilde

Against these turbid turquoise skies The light and luminous blloons Dip and drift like satin moons, Drift like silken butterflies Oscar Wilde

And at my feet the pale green Thames Lies like a rod of rippled jade. Oscar Wilde

this young Adonis, who looks as if he was made out of ivory and rose-leaves. Oscar Wilde

They have been through the fire, and what fire does not destroy, it hardens. She has had experiences. Oscar Wilde

Comfort is the only thing our civilisation can give us. Oscar Wilde

for that there was no atonement; but though forgiveness was impossible, forgetfulness was possible still, Oscar Wilde

It is pure unadulterated country life. They get up early because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about. Oscar Wilde

No one in particular. A man of no importance. CURTAIN Oscar Wilde

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty. Oscar Wilde

waning. He was perfectly safe there. Nor, indeed, was it the death of Basil Hallward that weighed most upon his mind. It was the living death of his own soul that troubled him. Basil had painted the portrait that had marred his life. Oscar Wilde

A new life! That was what he wanted. That was what he was waiting for. Surely he Oscar Wilde

Suddenly we find that we are no longer the actors, but the spectators Oscar Wilde

But now and then a complex personality took the place and assumed the office of art, was indeed, in its way, a real work of art, life having its elaborate masterpieces, just as poetry has, or sculpture, or painting. Oscar Wilde

Society-civilized society, at least-is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals, and, in its opinion, the highest respectability is of much less value than the possession of a good chef ... Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrees... 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, an ideality that is void. Oscar Wilde

Each man lived his own life, and paid his own price for living it. Oscar Wilde

One hardly knew at times whether one was reading the spiritual ecstasies of some mediaeval saint or the morbid confessions of a modern sinner. It was a poisonous book. Oscar Wilde



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