Oscar Wilde Quotes

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1. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Tags : Be Yourself Honesty Inspirational Misattributed Oscar Wilde
Author : Oscar Wilde

2. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

Tags : Enemies Forgiveness Strategy
Author : Oscar Wilde

3. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Tags : Life
Author : Oscar Wilde

4. “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”

Tags : Intelligence Self Deprecation
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Happy Prince and Other Stories

5. “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

Tags : Belief Death Ideals Martyr Truth
Author : Oscar Wilde

6. “Yet each man kills the thing he lovesBy each let this be heardSome do it with a bitter lookSome with a flattering wordThe coward does it with a kissThe brave man with a sword”

Tags : 1897 Betrayal Bravery Courage Love Remorse
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Ballad Of Reading Gaol

7. “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. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

Tags : Books Morality Reading Writing
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

8. “Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything.Yes, murmured Lord Henry, settling his button-hole in his coat; and when they grow older they know it.”

Tags : Humor Imagine Know Money Old Sarcasm Young
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

9. “Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”

Tags : Stupidity
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

10. “Irony is wasted on the stupid”

Tags : Irony Stupid Stupidity
Author : Oscar Wilde

11. “A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.”

Tags : Gender Stereotypes Men Men And Women Women
Author : Oscar Wilde

12. “I like men who have a future and women who have a past.”

Tags : Epigram Humor Men Women
Author : Oscar Wilde

13. “Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”

Tags : Disappointment Dorian Gray Marriage Men Relationships Women
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

14. “People cry out against the sinner, yet it is not the sinful, but the stupid, who are our shame. There is no sin except stupidity.”

Tags : Stupidity
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Critic as Artist

15. “Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.”

Tags : College Everybody Humility Incapable Learning Teaching Wit
Author : Oscar Wilde

16. “Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”

Tags : Beauty Humour
Author : Oscar Wilde

17. “I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”

Tags : Beauty Enemies Friends Intellect Looks
Author : Oscar Wilde

18. “Most people are boring and stupid.”

Tags : Boring People Stupid
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

19. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

Tags : Books Morality Reading
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

20. “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”

Tags : Morality Philosophy
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : An Ideal Husband

21. “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

Tags : Books Dramatist Morality Novelist Poet
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

22. “I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.”

Tags : Cleverness People
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

23. “I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.”

Tags : Cleverness Fools Nuisance
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

24. “How clever are you, my dear! You never mean a single word you say!”

Tags : Cleverness
Author : Oscar Wilde

25. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

Tags : Classic Insult
Author : Oscar Wilde

26. “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

Tags : Classic Insult
Author : Oscar Wilde

27. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

Tags : Identity Opinions
Author : Oscar Wilde

28. “Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

Tags : Intelligence Quotation Wit
Author : Oscar Wilde

29. “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”

Tags : Family Food Thanksgiving
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : A Woman of No Importance

30. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

Tags : Selfishness
Author : Oscar Wilde

31. “To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”

Tags : Humour
Author : Oscar Wilde

32. “I have no objection to anyone’s sex life as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses.”

Tags : Humour Sex Sexuality
Author : Oscar Wilde

33. “Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”

Tags : Love Ordinary People
Author : Oscar Wilde

34. “I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it.”

Tags : Actions
Author : Oscar Wilde

35. “The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.”

Tags : Manners Wit
Author : Oscar Wilde

36. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

Tags : Books Reading
Author : Oscar Wilde

37. “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”

Tags : Books Reading
Author : Oscar Wilde

38. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Tags : Education Fashion
Author : Oscar Wilde

39. “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

Tags : Creation God Humor Man
Author : Oscar Wilde

40. “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

Tags : Truth
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

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

Tags : Truth
Author : Oscar Wilde

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

Tags : Apothegm Creativity Epigram Ideas
Author : Oscar Wilde

43. “The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.”

Tags : Artists Life
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

44. “An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.”

Tags : Art Artists
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

45. “I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

Tags : Emotions Mercy
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

46. “The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.”

Tags : Fate History
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

47. “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

Tags : Art Humanity Sadness
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

48. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Tags : Inspirational Optimism Perception Pessimism
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Lady Windermere's Fan

49. “What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb.American novels, answered Lord Henry.”

Tags : American Bad Reviews Books Humor Literary Criticism Novels Sarcasm
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

50. “ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl...I have ever met since...I met you.”

Tags : Admiration
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

51. “Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.”

Tags : Feelings
Author : Oscar Wilde

52. “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

Tags : Dreaming Dreams Imagination
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Critic as Artist

53. “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

Tags : Power Sex
Author : Oscar Wilde

54. “The heart was made to be broken.”

Tags : Heartbreak Love
Author : Oscar Wilde

55. “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

Tags : Bad Charming Good Tedious
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Lady Windermere's Fan

56. “I am not young enough to know everything.”

Tags : Age
Author : Oscar Wilde

57. “A good friend will always stab you in the front.”

Tags : Friends Betrayal
Author : Oscar Wilde

58. “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

Tags : Love Romance
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

59. “To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.”

Tags : Denial Life Soul Spiritual Development Truth
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : De Profundis

60. “I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else.”

Tags : Good And Evil Humor
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

61. “To be really mediæval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes.”

Tags : Body Clothing Greeks Humor Soul Wilde
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

62. “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”

Tags : Genius Humour Oscar Wilde
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde

63. “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 springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.”

Tags : Beauty Genius
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

64. “You are not listening to a word I am saying . . . and I am making the most delightful plans for your future.”

Tags : Advice Future Plans Not Listening
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

65. “Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.”

Tags : Battle Of The Sexes Gender Roles Suffrage Womens Rights
Author : Oscar Wilde

66. “My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.”

Tags : Gender Roles Gender Stereotypes
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

67. “Lady Bracknell. Good afternoon, dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving very well.Algernon. I’m feeling very well, Aunt Augusta.Lady Bracknell. That’s not quite the same thing. In fact the two things rarely go together.”

Tags : Behavior
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

68. “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.    To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.      The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.”

Tags : 1890 Art Criticism Literature Preface
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

69. “Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.”

Tags : Wickedness
Author : Oscar Wilde

70. “In fact, now you mention the subject, I have been very bad in my own small way.I don't think you should be so proud of that, though I am sure it must have been very pleasant.”

Tags : Humor Pleasure Wickedness
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

71. “Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.”

Tags : America Discovery
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

72. “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”

Tags : Hypocrisy
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

73. “Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.”

Tags : Dawn Renewal
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

74. “Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

75. “They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about. ”

Tags : Lifestyle
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

76. “I'm a man of simple tastes. I'm always satisfied with the best.”

Tags : Lifestyle Living Oscar Wilde
Author : Oscar Wilde

77. “VICOMTE DE NANJAC. And you are younger and more Cbeautiful than ever. How do you manage it?MRS. CHEVELEY. By making it a rule only to talk to per- Yfectly charming people like yourself.”

Tags : Charming Solution Young
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : An Ideal Husband

78. “Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks.”

Tags : Picture Young
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

79. “Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness.”

Tags : Alcohol Drinking
Author : Oscar Wilde

80. “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”

Tags : Biographical Letter Romance
Author : Oscar Wilde

81. “I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”

Tags : Advice Epigram Humor
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : An Ideal Husband

82. “I drink to separate my body from my soul.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

83. “I can resist anything except temptation.”

Tags : Temptation
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Lady Windermere's Fan

84. “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

Tags : Temptation
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

85. “Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance.”

Tags : Humorous
Author : Oscar Wilde

86. “I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.”

Tags : Humorous Naughty Wordplay
Author : Oscar Wilde

87. “it is a marvel that those red-roseleaf lips of yours should be made no less for the madness of music and song than for the madness of kissing.”

Tags : Kissing Letters Love
Author : Oscar Wilde

88. “One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”

Tags : Age Discretion Secret Trust Truth Woman
Author : Oscar Wilde

89. “A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.”

Tags : Love Man Woman
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

90. “It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world”

Tags : Hiding People Places San Francisco Tales Of The City
Author : Oscar Wilde

91. “Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.”

Tags : Common Sense Mistakes Paradox Timidity Wisdom
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

92. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

Tags : Creative Life Mystery Writing
Author : Oscar Wilde

93. “One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.”

Tags : Playing Winning
Author : Oscar Wilde

94. “I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.”

Tags : Judgment Life
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

95. “Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ”

Tags : Color
Author : Oscar Wilde

96. “How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.""Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.""I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.”

Tags : Algernon Algy Calm Calmness Heartless Heartlessness Muffins Oscar Wilde
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

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

Tags : Apothegm Benevolence Epigram Reputation
Author : Oscar Wilde

98. “If a woman cannot make her mistakes charming, she is only a female.”

Tags : Charisma Charismatic Charm Charming Charms Females Females People Femininity Funny Humanity Humor Love Mistakes Mistakes Learn Life Optimism Optimist People Polite Smart Women
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

99. “Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams.”

Tags : Life Passions
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

100. “With subtle and finely-wrought temperaments it is always so. Their strong passions must either bruise or bend. They either slay the man, or themselves die. Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The loves and the sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude. ”

Tags : Loves Passions Shallow Sorrows
Author : Oscar Wilde

101. “There were sins whose fascination was more in the memory than in the doing of them, strange triumphs that gratified the pride more than the passions, and gave to the intellect a quickened sense of joy, greater than any joy they brought, or could ever bring, to the senses.”

Tags : Intellect Joy Memory Passions Pride Senses Sins
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

102. “In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor.”

Tags : Exploitation Thoughtful War
Author : Oscar Wilde

103. “Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent among them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary.”

Tags : Agitators Classism Rebellion Social Progress
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

104. “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”

Tags : Past Rich Wilde
Author : Oscar Wilde

105. “I love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing I know anything about.”

Tags : Nonsense Nothing Talk
Author : Oscar Wilde

106. “Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me quite nervous.”

Tags : Nervous People Talk Weather
Author : Oscar Wilde

107. “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”

Tags : Progress Utopia
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

108. “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

Tags : Curiosity Epigram Tabloid Journalism Wisdom
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism, and Selected Critical Prose

109. “There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtures are not real to him. His sins, if there are such thing as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him.”

Tags : Influence Soul
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

110. “I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”

Tags : Choices Crowd Individuality Life
Author : Oscar Wilde

111. “Be happy, cried the Nightingale, 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. Flame-coloured are his wings, and coloured like flame is his body. His lips are sweet as honey, and his breath is like frankincense.”

Tags : Magical
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Nightingale and the Rose

112. “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”

Tags : Devil Hell World
Author : Oscar Wilde

113. “My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.”

Tags : Business Humor
Author : Oscar Wilde

114. “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”

Tags : Paris
Author : Oscar Wilde

115. “Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole.”

Tags : Belonging Nature Outsider
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : De Profundis

116. “As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her daughter, she is perfectly satisfied”

Tags : Beauty Satisfaction Women
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

117. “This wallpaper is dreadful, one of us will have to go.”

Tags : Last Words Taste Wallpaper
Author : Oscar Wilde

118. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”

Tags : Children Parents
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

119. “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

Tags : Children Humor Paraphrased Parents
Author : Oscar Wilde

120. “Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better.”

Tags : Ideals Reality
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Lady Windermere's Fan

121. “Of course to one so modern as I am, `Enfant de mon siècle,’ merely to look at the world will be always lovely. I tremble with pleasure when I think that on the very day of my leaving prison both the laburnum and the lilac will be blooming in the gardens, and that I shall see the wind stir into restless beauty the swaying gold of the one, and make the other toss the pale purple of its plumes, so that all the air shall be Arabia for me. Linnaeus fell on his knees and wept for joy when he saw for the first time the long heath of some English upland made yellow with the tawny aromatic brooms of the common furze; and I know that for me, to whom flowers are part of desire, there are tears waiting in the petals of some rose. It has always been so with me from my boyhood. There is not a single colour hidden away in the chalice of a flower, or the curve of a shell, to which, by some subtle sympathy with the very soul of things, my nature does not answer. Like Gautier, I have always been one of those ‘pour qui le monde visible existe.”

Tags : Ache Beauty Life Nature Sorrow
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : De Profundis and Other Writings

122. “Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.”

Tags : Sin Vanity
Author : Oscar Wilde

123. “But then one regrets the loss even of one's worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one's personality.”

Tags : People Personality Vanity Wisdom
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

124. “I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day—mock me horribly!”

Tags : Beauty Jealousy Vanity
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

125. “What fire does not destroy, it hardens”

Tags : Inspirational Spiritual Growth
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

126. “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

Tags : Fashion
Author : Oscar Wilde

127. “One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.”

Tags : Friend Judge
Author : Oscar Wilde

128. “Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications. Our Guildensterns play Hamlet for us, and our Hamlets have to jest like Prince Hal. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”

Tags : Humor Satire Shakespeare
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

129. “Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

Tags : Definitions Marriage Wordplay
Author : Oscar Wilde

130. “Duty is what one expects from others.”

Tags : Definitions Duty Life
Author : Oscar Wilde

131. “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.”

Tags : Faithfulness Fidelity
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

132. “If we're always guided by other people's thoughts, what's the point in having our own?”

Tags : Life Philosphy
Author : Oscar Wilde

133. “If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.”

Tags : Inspiration Life Lessons
Author : Oscar Wilde

134. “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”

Tags : Art Painting
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

135. “I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.”

Tags : Art Beauty Colours Oscar Wilde Painting The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

136. “In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.”

Tags : Aliteracy Bad Reviews Self Publishing Writing
Author : Oscar Wilde

137. “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

Tags : Sin
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

138. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”

Tags : Failure Inspirational Success
Author : Oscar Wilde

139. “The public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities.... A fresh mode of Beauty is absolutely distasteful to them, and whenever it appears they get so angry and bewildered that they always use two stupid expressions--one is that the work of art is grossly unintelligible; the other, that the work of art is grossly immoral. What they mean by these words seems to me to be this. When they say a work is grossly unintelligible, they mean that the artist has said or made a beautiful thing that is new; when they describe a work as grossly immoral, they mean that the artist has said or made a beautiful thing that is true.”

Tags : Art Attitudes Beauty Creativity Opinions Public Truth
Author : Oscar Wilde

140. “You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.”

Tags : Relationships
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

141. “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

142. “Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.”

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143. “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

144. “Hoy en día la gente conoce el precio de todo y el valor de nada.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

145. “Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

146. “Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

147. “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

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148. “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

149. “Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

150. “Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

151. “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

152. “It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Critic as Artist

153. “There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

154. “By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

155. “Well, I don't like your clothes. You look perfectly ridiculous in them. Why on earth don't you go up and change? It's perfectly childish to be in mourning for a man who is actually staying a whole week with you in your house as a guest. I call it grotesque.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest: And Other Plays (Modern Library Classics)

156. “And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

157. “One's days were too brief to take the burden of another's errors on one's shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

158. “LADY BRACKNELLAlgernon is an extremely, I may almost say an ostentatiously, eligible young man. He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire?”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

159. “We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

160. “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Importance of Being Earnest

161. “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

162. “Women treat us [men] like humanity treats gods – they worship us and keep bothering us to do something.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

163. “The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. 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. They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are-- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks-- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

164. “It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Picture of Dorian Gray, The, A Longman Cultural Edition

165. “I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

166. “because to influence a person is to give one's own soul.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

167. “Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

168. “I have been right, Basil, haven’t I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare’s plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth.”

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169. “You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages.”

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170. “Come, I tell you. You have chattered enough about corruption. Now you shall look on it face to face!”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

171. “Inteligence lives longer than beauty.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

172. “The only people to whose opinions I listen now with any respect are people much younger than myself. They seem in front of me. Life has revealed to them her latest wonder.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

173. “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”

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174. “He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afriad.”

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175. “There was something tragic in a friendship so colored by romance.”

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176. “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yeild to it.”

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177. “The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

178. “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

179. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

180. “Any religion is an illusion to others”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

181. “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

182. “It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

183. “Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

184. “I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. But while I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does, I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : De Profundis and Other Writings

185. “Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known. We have to resume it where we had left off, and there steals over us a terrible sense of the necessity for the continuance of energy in the same wearisome round of stereotyped habits, or a wild longing, it may be, that our eyelids might open some morning upon a world that had been refashioned anew in the darkness for our pleasure, a world in which things would have fresh shapes and colours, and be changed, or have other secrets, a world in which the past would have little or no place, or survive, at any rate, in no conscious form of obligation or regret, the remembrance even of joy having its bitterness and the memories of pleasure their pain.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

186. “The Number our envious Persons, confirmation our capability.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

187. “If I could get back my youth, I'd do anything in the world except get up early, take exercise or be respectable.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

188. “I am tired of myself tonight. I should like to be somebody else.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

189. “I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

190. “But we never get back our youth… The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

191. “Marco Polo had seen the inhabitants of Zipangu place rose-colored pearls in the mouths of the dead. A sea-monster had been enamoured of the pearl that the diver brought to King Perozes, and had slain the thief, and mourned for seven moons over its loss.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

192. “One cannot always keep an adder in one's breast to feed one, nor rise up every night to sow thorns in the garden of one's soul.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

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

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Author : Oscar Wilde

194. “It is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

195. “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.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

196. “Arguments are to be avoided, they are always vulgar and often convincing.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

197. “But youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

198. “It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde

199. “She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. It is the feet of clay that make the gold of the image precious.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray

200. “My dear boy, the people who only love 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 failures.”

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Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Picture of Dorian Gray