Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women... merely adored. Oscar Wilde

There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde

Charity, dear Miss Prism, charity! None of us are perfect. I myself am peculiarly susceptible to draughts. Oscar Wilde

Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime. Oscar Wilde

A grapefruit is just a lemon that saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. Oscar Wilde

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different. Oscar Wilde

Life is the art of being well deceived, and to succeed, it must be habitual and uninterrupted. Oscar Wilde

I'll bet you anything you like that half an hour after they have met, they will be calling each other sister. Women only do that when they have called each other a lot of other things first. Oscar Wilde

The sky was pure opal now. Oscar Wilde

There are few of us who have not sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make one almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when through the chambers of the brain sweep phantoms more terrible than reality itself, and instinct with that vivid life that lurks in all grotesques, and that lends to Gothic art its enduring vitality, this art being, one might fancy, especially the art of those whose minds have been troubled with the malady of reverie. Oscar Wilde

It would leave no room for developments and I intend to develop in many directions. Oscar Wilde

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation. Oscar Wilde

I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. Oscar Wilde

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing. Oscar Wilde

That beauty which is meant by art is no mere accident of human life which people can take or leave, but a positive necessity of life if we are to live as nature meant us to, that is to say unless we are content to be less than men. Oscar Wilde

Outcasts always mourn. Oscar Wilde

Sooner or later we have all to pay for what we do. Oscar Wilde

I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says. Oscar Wilde

Miss Prism: Do not speak slightingly of the three-volume novel, Cecily. I wrote one myself in earlier days. Cecily: Did you really, Miss Prism? How wonderfully clever you are! I hope it did not end happily? I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much. Miss Prism: The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. Oscar Wilde

How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in? Oscar Wilde

Jack: Actually, I was found. Lady Bracknell: Found? Jack: Uh, yes, I was in... a handbag. Lady Bracknell: A handbag? Jack: Yes, it was... [makes gestures] Jack: an ordinary handbag. Oscar Wilde

If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you. Oscar Wilde

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. Oscar Wilde

The great events of the world take place in the brain... Oscar Wilde

For life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate in farce. Oscar Wilde

Ah! The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women...merely adored. Oscar Wilde

Man is many things, but he is not rational. Oscar Wilde

I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational. Oscar Wilde

Human life-that appeared to him the one thing worth investigating. Compared to it there was nothing else of any value. It was true that as one watched life in its curious crucible of pain and pleasure, one could not wear over one's face a mask of glass, nor keep the sulphurous fumes from troubling the brain and making the imagination turbid with monstrous fancies and misshapen dreams. Oscar Wilde

Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders. Oscar Wilde

I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked. Oscar Wilde

Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out. Oscar Wilde

The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming. Oscar Wilde

The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable. Oscar Wilde

One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar. Oscar Wilde

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Oscar Wilde

I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real. Oscar Wilde

Any place you love is the world to you", explained the pensive Catherine Wheel, who had been attached to an old deal box in early life, and prided herself on her broken heart; "but love is not fashionable any more, the poets have killed it. They wrote so much about that nobody believed them, and I am not surprised. True love suffers, and is silent. I remember myself once- But it is no matter now. Romance is a thing of the past. Oscar Wilde

Experience is a question of instinct about life. Oscar Wilde

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation. Oscar Wilde

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better. Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation. Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Oscar Wilde

The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it. Oscar Wilde

Hatred is blind, as well as love. Oscar Wilde

A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. Oscar Wilde

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. Oscar Wilde

The only beautiful things are the things that do not concern us. Oscar Wilde

Extravagance is the luxury of the poor; penury is the luxury of the rich. Oscar Wilde

To be in love is to surpass one's self. Oscar Wilde

Be happy, be happy; you shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart's-blood. All that I ask of you in return is that you will be a true lover, for Love is wiser than Philosophy, though she is wise, and mightier than Power, though he is mighty. Oscar Wilde

We are never more true to ourselves than when we are inconsistent. Oscar Wilde

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception. Oscar Wilde

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. Oscar Wilde

History is merely gossip Oscar Wilde

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

Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf. Oscar Wilde

I don't recognize you - I've changed a lot. Oscar Wilde



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