Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart. Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to say that there are neither ruins nor curiosities in America when they have their mothers and their manners. Oscar Wilde

In England it is enough for a man to try and produce any serious, beautiful work to lose all his rights as a citizen. Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city. Oscar Wilde

Always! That is the dreadful word ... it is a meaningless word, too. Oscar Wilde

The only real people are the people who never existed. Oscar Wilde

There are only two kinds of women, the plain and the coloured. Oscar Wilde

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! Oscar Wilde

I should have remembered that when one is going to lead an entirely new life, one requires regular and wholesome meals. Oscar Wilde

I am afraid he has one of those terribly weak natures that are susceptible to influence. Oscar Wilde

Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art. ...because of the importance it places on the individual, their liberty, self-expression, creativity, and personal responsibility. Oscar Wilde

The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. Oscar Wilde

I asked the question for the best reason possible, for the only reason, indeed, that excuses anyone for asking any question - simple curiosity. Oscar Wilde

It's tragic how few people ever 'possess their souls' before they die. 'Nothing is more rare in any man', says Emerson, 'than an act of his own.' It is quite true. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their life is a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde

All criticism is a form of autobiography Oscar Wilde

I drink to separate my body from my soul. Oscar Wilde

I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simple beasts. Oscar Wilde

A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten. Oscar Wilde

I am afraid that woman appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated. Oscar Wilde

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Oscar Wilde

He made me see what Life is, and what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both. Oscar Wilde

I love the French language... it's a delightful language, especially to curse with. It's like whopping your ass with silk. Oscar Wilde

It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love. Oscar Wilde

Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities. Oscar Wilde

There were times when it appeared to Dorian Gray that the whole of history was merely the record of his own life, not as he had lived it in act and circumstand, but as his imagination had created it for him, as it had been in his brain and in his passions. He felt that he had known them all, those strange terrible figures that had passed across the stage of the world and made sin so marvellous, and evil so full of subtlety. It seemed to him that in some mysterious way their lives had been his own. Oscar Wilde

Children start out loving their parents, but as they grow older and discover their parents are human, they become judgmental. And sometimes, when they mature, they forgive their parents, especially when they discover they are also human. Oscar Wilde

At six o'clock we cleaned our cells, At seven all was still, But the sough and swing of a mighty wing The prison seemed to fill, For the Lord of Death with icy breath Had entered in to kill. Oscar Wilde

Every single work of art is the fulfillment of a prophecy; for every work of art is the conversion of an idea into an image. Oscar Wilde

The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1.322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26.911 words. The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde

I was saying, continued the Rocket, I was saying - What was I saying? You were talking about yourself, replied the Roman Candle.Of course; I knew I was discussing some interesting subject when I was so rudely interrupted. Oscar Wilde

Life is like a box of terrible analogies... Oscar Wilde

What is abnormal in Life stands in normal relations to Art. It is the only thing in Life that stands in normal relations to Art. Oscar Wilde

I like my food dry. Not sick, not even dying, dead. Oscar Wilde

On George Bernard Shaw An excellent man: he has no enemies, and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde

Art persists, it timelessly continues. Oscar Wilde

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde

Truth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. Oscar Wilde

Lord Illingworth: The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. Mrs. Allonby: It ends with Revelations. Oscar Wilde

The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated. Oscar Wilde

My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. Oscar Wilde

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

Ah! That must be Aunt Augusta. Only relatives, or creditors, ever ring in that Wagnerian manner. Oscar Wilde

As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg. Oscar Wilde

A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection. Oscar Wilde

Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing. To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres. Oscar Wilde

How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June.... If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that! Oscar Wilde

Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age. I consider that for any man of culture to accept the standard of his age is a form of the grossest immorality. Oscar Wilde

You can't make people good by Act of Parliament. Oscar Wilde

One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox-the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde

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

In all things connected with money I have had a luck so extraordinary that sometimes it has made me almost afraid. I remember having read somewhere, in some strange book, that when the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde

Every American bride is taken there [Niagara Falls], and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life. Oscar Wilde

Mr. Whistler always spelt art, and we believe still spells it, with a capital 'I. Oscar Wilde

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. Oscar Wilde

Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is one's self. Oscar Wilde

All art is quite useless. So is a flower. Oscar Wilde

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

He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. Oscar Wilde

To many, no doubt, he will seem to be somewhat blatant and bumptious, but we prefer to regard him as being simply British. Oscar Wilde

Whatever harsh criticisms may be passed on the construction of her sentences, she at least possesses that one touch of vulgarity that makes the whole world kin. Oscar Wilde

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Oscar Wilde

The only thing one can do with good advice is pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde

Real beauty ends where an intellectual expression begins. Oscar Wilde

Dear Frank, we believe you; you have dined in every house in London - once. Oscar Wilde

London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognise them. They look so thoroughly unhappy. Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that. Oscar Wilde

What a fuss people make about fidelity! 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

The fact is, you have fallen lately, Cecily, into a bad habit of thinking for yourself. You should give it up. It is not quite womanly.... Men don't like it. Oscar Wilde

Must we really see Chicago in order to be educated? Oscar Wilde



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