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Quotes by Oscar Wilde

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Wikipedia Summary for Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, the early 1890s saw him become one of the most popular playwrights in London. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for gross indecency for consensual homosexual acts in "one of the first celebrity trials", imprisonment, and early death from meningitis at age 46.

Wilde's parents were Anglo-Irish intellectuals in Dublin. A young Wilde learned to speak fluent French and German. At university, Wilde read Greats; he demonstrated himself to be an exceptional classicist, first at Trinity College Dublin, then at Oxford. He became associated with the emerging philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles.

As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art" and interior decoration, and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversational skill, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into what would be his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French while in Paris but it was refused a licence for England due to an absolute prohibition on the portrayal of Biblical subjects on the English stage. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late-Victorian London.

At the height of his fame and success, while The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) was still being performed in London, Wilde prosecuted the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel. The Marquess was the father of Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. The libel trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with men. After two more trials he was convicted and sentenced to two years' hard labour, the maximum penalty, and was jailed from 1895 to 1897. During his last year in prison, he wrote De Profundis (published posthumously in 1905), a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. On his release, he left immediately for France, and never returned to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life.

Quote: Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of brown and white short coated dog on beach during daytime
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Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: A flower blossoms for its own joy. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of pink rose bud closeup photo
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A flower blossoms for its own joy.


Quote: Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of aerial photo of green trees
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.


Quote: A true friend stabs you in the front. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of person sitting on concrete bench
Photo Credit: Belinda Fewings

A true friend stabs you in the front.


Quote: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of low angle photography of gray concrete building
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. We all have clouds above us but some see their silver linings. We all face difficulties but some of us are grateful that they aren't worse.


Quote: No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.


Quote: Divorces are made in heaven. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of rainbow
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Divorces are made in heaven.


Quote: Each class preaches the importance of those virtues it need not exercise. The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of blue wall
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Each class preaches the importance of those virtues it need not exercise. The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor.


Quote: True love is just like regular love, but with more truth. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime
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True love is just like regular love, but with more truth.


Quote: Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work's the curse of the drinking classes. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of assorted-color beach houses
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Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work's the curse of the drinking classes.


Quote: I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.


Quote: Time is a waste of money. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of 1 U.S. dollar banknote
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Time is a waste of money.


Quote: Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
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Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.


Quote: I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of round black vinyl disc on vinyl player
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I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.


Quote: Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of close up shot of white flower
Photo Credit: Christian Widell

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


Quote: Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
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Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.


Quote: I like men who have a future and women who have a past. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of closeup photo of computer keyboard
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I like men who have a future and women who have a past.


Quote: History is merely gossip. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of person raising hand
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History is merely gossip.


Quote: Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
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Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.


Quote: An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.


Quote: 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. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of soldier
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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.


Quote: True friends stab you in the front. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of person sitting on concrete bench
Photo Credit: Belinda Fewings

True friends stab you in the front.


Quote: I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of sitting orange Persian cat
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I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.


Quote: The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on dock
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The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.


Quote: Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
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Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.


Quote: It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of person wearing gold and silver round analog watch
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It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.


Quote: I am not young enough to know everything. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I am not young enough to know everything.


Quote: Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime
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Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.


Quote: Who, being loved, is poor? by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
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Who, being loved, is poor?


Quote: There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of brown and white short coated dog on beach during daytime
Photo Credit: Andre Tan

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


Quote: It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of green mountain ]
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It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.


Quote: I can resist everything except temptation. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of A man in a black suit loosening his tie
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I can resist everything except temptation.


Quote: Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: And all men kill the thing they love, By all let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

And all men kill the thing they love, By all let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword.


Quote: My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.


Quote: Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.


Quote: 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. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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.


Quote: One of the chief faults of modern dress is that it is composed of far too many articles of clothing, most of which are the wrong substance. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

One of the chief faults of modern dress is that it is composed of far too many articles of clothing, most of which are the wrong substance.


Quote: It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing.


Quote: Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.


Quote: I like people who are young, bright, happy, careless and original. I do not like them sensible, and I do not like them old. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I like people who are young, bright, happy, careless and original. I do not like them sensible, and I do not like them old.


Quote: Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is human's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is human's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.


Quote: Disobedience is man's original virtue. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Disobedience is man's original virtue.


Quote: Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone.


Quote: The english country gentleman galloping after a fox--the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The english country gentleman galloping after a fox--the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.


Quote: The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it.


Quote: It was better to be good-looking than to be good. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It was better to be good-looking than to be good.


Quote: Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you'll get the result. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you'll get the result.


Quote: A man's face is his autobiography. A women's face is her work of fiction. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A man's face is his autobiography. A women's face is her work of fiction.


Quote: No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you'll never get through it without your friends. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you'll never get through it without your friends.


Quote: Remember that the fool in the eyes of the gods and the fool in the eyes of man are very different. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Remember that the fool in the eyes of the gods and the fool in the eyes of man are very different.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Remember that the fool in the eyes of the gods and the fool in the eyes of man are very different. One who is entirely ignorant of the modes of Art in its revolution or the moods of thought in its progress, of the pomp of the Latin line or the richer music of the vowelled Greeks, of Tuscan sculpture or Elizabethan song may yet be full of the very sweetest wisdom. The real fool, such as the gods mock or mar, is he who does not know himself. I was such a one too long. You have been such a one too long. Be so no more. Do not be afraid. The supreme vice is shallowness. Everything that is realised is right.


Quote: The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise.


Quote: Dullness is always an irresistible temptation for brilliancy, and stupidity is the permanent Bestia Trionfans that calls wisdom from its cave. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Dullness is always an irresistible temptation for brilliancy, and stupidity is the permanent Bestia Trionfans that calls wisdom from its cave.


Quote: Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the attractiveness of other. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the attractiveness of other.


Quote: The truth about the life of a man is not what he does, but the legend which he creates around himself. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The truth about the life of a man is not what he does, but the legend which he creates around himself.


Quote: Curious thing, plain women are always jealous of their husbands, beautiful women never are! by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Curious thing, plain women are always jealous of their husbands, beautiful women never are!


Quote: In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.


Quote: Out of doors one becomes abstract and impersonal. One's individuality absolutely leaves one. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Out of doors one becomes abstract and impersonal. One's individuality absolutely leaves one.


Quote: Individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: The essence of art is to produce the modern idea under an antique form. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The essence of art is to produce the modern idea under an antique form.


Quote: A kiss may ruin a human life. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A kiss may ruin a human life.


Quote: Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.


Quote: 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. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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.


Quote: The sphere of art and the sphere of ethics are absolutely distinct and separate. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The sphere of art and the sphere of ethics are absolutely distinct and separate.


Quote: Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope.


Quote: Rudderless, we drift athwart a tempest, and when once the storm of youth is past,   Without lyre, without lute or chorus,   Death the silent pilot comes at last. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Rudderless, we drift athwart a tempest, and when once the storm of youth is past, Without lyre, without lute or chorus, Death the silent pilot comes at last.


Quote: And no hand can gather up the fallen withered petals of the rose of youth. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

And no hand can gather up the fallen withered petals of the rose of youth.


Quote: To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.


Quote: In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.


Quote: We lose our chances, we lose our figures, we even lose our characters; but we must never lose our tempers. That is our duty to our neighbor...but sometimes we mislay it, don't we? by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

We lose our chances, we lose our figures, we even lose our characters; but we must never lose our tempers. That is our duty to our neighbor...but sometimes we mislay it, don't we?


Quote: It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produced a false impression. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produced a false impression.


Quote: It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties.


Quote: It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.


Quote: Hearts live by being wounded. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Hearts live by being wounded.


Quote: 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. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.


Quote: I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person.


Quote: Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.


Quote: Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose.


Quote: I don't say we all ought to misbehave. But we ought to look as if we could. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I don't say we all ought to misbehave. But we ought to look as if we could.


Quote: It is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder.


Quote: Duty is what one expects from others. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Duty is what one expects from others.


Quote: We are never more true to ourselves than when we are inconsistent. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying.


Quote: Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.


Quote: What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.


Quote: A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written.


Quote: 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. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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.


Quote: What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.


Quote: I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Progress is the realization of utopia. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Progress is the realization of utopia.


Quote: If I could get back my youth, I'd do anything in the world except get up early, take exercise or be respectable. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: I did not know it was such pain to die; I thought that life had taken all the agonies to itself. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I did not know it was such pain to die; I thought that life had taken all the agonies to itself.


Quote: If Dorian wishes it, of course you must stay. Dorian's whims are laws to everybody, except himself. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

If Dorian wishes it, of course you must stay. Dorian's whims are laws to everybody, except himself.


Quote: 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. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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.


Quote: Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that one should live. If any love is shown us we should recognize that we are quite unworthy of it. Nobody is worthy to be loved... or if that phrase is a bitter one to bear, let us say that everyone is worthy of love, except him who thinks he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling..


Quote: Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.


Quote: I am dazed with a dull sense of pain. I had fed on hope, and now anguish, grown hungry, feeds her fill on me as though she had been starved of her proper appetite. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I am dazed with a dull sense of pain. I had fed on hope, and now anguish, grown hungry, feeds her fill on me as though she had been starved of her proper appetite.


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