Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about. Oscar Wilde

And alien tears will fill for him Pity's long-broken urn, For his mourners will be outcast men, And outcasts always mourn. Oscar Wilde

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived. Oscar Wilde

Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there. Oscar Wilde

But what is the difference between literature and journalism?... Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all. Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love's tragedies. Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde

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

I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that. Oscar Wilde

More difficult to do a thing than to talk about it? Not at all. That is a gross popular error. It is very much more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it. In the sphere of actual life that is of course obvious. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde

The proper school to learn art in is not Life but Art. Oscar Wilde

The essay simply represents an artistic standpoint, and in aesthetic criticism attitude is everything. For in art there is no such thing as a universal truth. A Truth in art is that whose contradictory is also true. Oscar Wilde

Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. Oscar Wilde

California is an Italy without its art. There are subjects for the artist, but it is universally true that the only scenery which inspires utterance is that which man feels himself the master of. The mountains of California are so gigantic that they are not favorable to art or poetry. There are good poets in England but none in Switzerland. There the mountains are too high. Art cannot add to nature. Oscar Wilde

I am dying, as I have lived, beyond my means. Oscar Wilde

Let me say to you now that to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. Oscar Wilde

Shakespeare might have met Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the white streets of London, or seen the serving-men of rival houses bite their thumbs at each other in the open square: but Hamlet came out of his soul, and Romeo out of his passion. Oscar Wilde

Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilisation, more marvelous and more splendid than any that has gone before. Oscar Wilde

Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot. Oscar Wilde

Hearts live by being wounded. Oscar Wilde

Suffering is one very long moment. We can not divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods and chronicle their return. Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching - that is really what our enthusiasm for education has come to. Oscar Wilde

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. Mothers are different. Mothers are darlings. Oscar Wilde

He hasn't an enemy in the world, and none of his friend like him. Oscar Wilde

Behind joy and laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard and callous. But behind sorrow there is always sorrow. Pain, unlike pleasure, wears no mask. ... For this reason there is no truth comparable to sorrow. There are times when sorrow seems to me to be the only truth. Other things may be illusions of the eye or the appetite, made to blind the one and cloy the other, but out of sorrow have the worlds been built, and at the birth of a child or a star there is pain. Oscar Wilde

The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. Oscar Wilde

EXPERT: An ordinary man away from home giving advice. Oscar Wilde

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others. Oscar Wilde

It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. Oscar Wilde

The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. Oscar Wilde

If they have not opened the eyes of the blind, they have at least given great encouragement to the short-sighted, and while their leaders may have all the inexperience of old age, their young men are far too wise to be ever sensible. Oscar Wilde

I seem to have heard that observation before.... It has all the vitality of error and all the tediousness of an old friend. Oscar Wilde

Men of thought should have nothing to do with action. Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde

When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is. Oscar Wilde

Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people. Oscar Wilde

Popularity is the only insult that has not yet been offered to Mr. Whistler. Oscar Wilde

She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit. Oscar Wilde

If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture... Oscar Wilde

Women treat us [men] like humanity treats gods - they worship us and keep bothering us to do something. Oscar Wilde

There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not. Oscar Wilde

This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose? Algernon. Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is. The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my life. Jack. Well, you've no right whatsoever to Bunbury here. Algernon. That is absurd. One has a right to Bunbury anywhere one chooses. Every serious Bunburyist knows that. Oscar Wilde

Come, dear, [Gwendolen rises] we have already missed five, if not six, trains. To miss any more might expose us to comment on the platform. Oscar Wilde

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. Oscar Wilde

Truth is independent of facts always. Oscar Wilde

Its a beautiful woman's fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes Oscar Wilde

And alien tears will fill for him pity's long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn. Oscar Wilde

For he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde

Ah! that quite does for me. I haven't a word to say... Too much care was taken with our education, I am afraid. To have been well brought up is a great drawback nowadays. It shuts one out from so much. Oscar Wilde

However, I think anything is better than high intellectual pressure. That is the most unbecoming thing there is. It makes the noses of the young girls so particularly large. Oscar Wilde

She is a peacock in everything but beauty! Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic. Oscar Wilde

His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was not a simple but rather a very complex passion. Oscar Wilde

Grass is hard and lumpy and damp, and full of dreadful black insects. Oscar Wilde

The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out. Oscar Wilde

When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it. Oscar Wilde

Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness. Oscar Wilde

But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. Oscar Wilde

I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement. Oscar Wilde

I must say... that I ruined myself: and that nobody, great or small, can be ruined except by his own hand. Oscar Wilde

Pleasures may turn a heart to stone, riches may make it callous, but sorrows cannot break it. Hearts live by being wounded. Oscar Wilde

He is some brainless, beautiful creature, who should always be here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in the summer when we want something to chill our intelligence. Oscar Wilde

I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue. Oscar Wilde

We have quite the same ideas. No; I think our ideas are quite different. But he has been most pleasant. Oscar Wilde

Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde

In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. Oscar Wilde

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

You are more to me than any of them has any idea; you are the atmosphere of beauty through which I see life; you are the incarnation of all lovely things...I think of you day and night. ~ Letter to Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas Oscar Wilde



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