Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Women are made to be loved, not understood. Oscar Wilde

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Oscar Wilde

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. Oscar Wilde

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde

No man is rich enough to buy back his past. Oscar Wilde

When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her. Oscar Wilde

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin. Oscar Wilde

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else. Oscar Wilde

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive. Oscar Wilde

There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad. Oscar Wilde

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating. Oscar Wilde

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. Oscar Wilde

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. 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

In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust. Oscar Wilde

The evil that machinery is doing is not merely in the consequence of its work but in the fact that it makes men themselves machines also. Oscar Wilde

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

Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The loves and sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude. Oscar Wilde

It is what we fear that happens to us. Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde

Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays. Oscar Wilde

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. Oscar Wilde

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything. Oscar Wilde

The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets that she took him. Oscar Wilde

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief. Oscar Wilde

I was disappointed in Niagara - most people must be disappointed in Niagara. Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life. Oscar Wilde

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. Oscar Wilde

By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me. Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians. Oscar Wilde

A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on. Oscar Wilde

Individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age. Oscar Wilde

I don't like principles. I prefer prejudices. Oscar Wilde

Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sensual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change. Oscar Wilde

The sure way of knowing nothing about life is to try to make oneself useful. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men. Oscar Wilde

The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great. Oscar Wilde

Friendship never forgets. That is the wonderful thing about it. Oscar Wilde

The only thing worse than being misquoted is being sentenced to two years' hard labour for buggery Oscar Wilde

The only thing in the world worse than being Oscar Wilde is not being Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde

And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring, And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar, And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. Oscar Wilde

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Oscar Wilde

Tea is the only simple pleasure left to us. Oscar Wilde

The trouble with women is, that when they grow up, they turn into their mothers. The trouble with men is, that they don't. Oscar Wilde

Let me be surrounded by luxury, I can do without the necessities! Oscar Wilde

People are either charming or tedious. 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 a brickbat. Oscar Wilde

Disobedience is man's original virtue. Oscar Wilde

Niagara Falls is simply a vast unnecessary amount of water going over the wrong way and then falling over unnecessary cliffs...The wonder would be if the water did not fall. Oscar Wilde

Philanthropy [has become] simply the refuge of people who wish to annoy their fellow creatures. Oscar Wilde

The poet is the supreme artist, for he is the master of colour and of form, and the real musician besides, and is lord over all life and all arts. Oscar Wilde

Alas! it is a fearful thing To feel another's guilt! Oscar Wilde

What a fuss people make about fidelity!" exclaimed Lord Henry. "Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say. Oscar Wilde

When a golden girl can win Prayer from out the lips of sin, When the barren almond bears, And a little child gives away its tears, Then shall all the house be still And peace come to Canterville. Oscar Wilde

Anybody can have common sense, provided that they have no imagination. Oscar Wilde

I quite agree with Dr. Nordau's assertion that all men of genius are insane, but Dr. Nordau forgets that all sane people are idiots. Oscar Wilde

We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality. Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Enough is as bad as a meal. More than enough is as good as a feast. Oscar Wilde

What a silly thing love is!' said the student as he walked away. 'It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. In fact, it is quite unpractical, and, as in this age to be practical is everything, I shall go back to philosophy and study metaphysics.' So he returned to his room and pulled out a great dusty book, and began to read. Oscar Wilde

Thinking is wonderful, but the experience is even more wonderful. Oscar Wilde

I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself. Sometimes I am so clever I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde

Sometimes, the unnecessary is necessary. Oscar Wilde

If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward. Oscar Wilde

I hope to-morrow will be a fine day, Lane. It never is, sir. Lane, you're a perfect pessimist. I do my best to give satisfaction, sir. Oscar Wilde

Sins of the flesh are nothing. They are maladies for physicians to cure, if they should be cured. Sins of the soul alone are shameful. Oscar Wilde



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