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Quote: One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.


Quote: If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.


Quote: Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.


Quote: Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.


Quote: Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: It's not hard to get the ideas when they come. They just come... it's painful waiting for them. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It's not hard to get the ideas when they come. They just come... it's painful waiting for them.


Quote: Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?


Quote: Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.


Quote: She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. It is the feet of clay that make the gold of the image precious. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: There are two ways to dislike poetry: One is to dislike it; the other is to read Pope. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

There are two ways to dislike poetry: One is to dislike it; the other is to read Pope.


Quote: To me, beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless.


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

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.


Quote: The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing at all. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing at all.


Quote: Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them.


Quote: Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Alas! it is a fearful thing
To feel another's guilt! by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.


Quote: Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.


Quote: Learn to differentiate between ignorance and stupidity. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Learn to differentiate between ignorance and stupidity.


Quote: If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties.


Quote: Deliver me from my disciples! by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Deliver me from my disciples!


Quote: Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day.


Quote: As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: It is not good for one's morals to see bad acting. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is not good for one's morals to see bad acting.


Quote: I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood.


Quote: I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you useful information. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.


Quote: I live in terror of not being misunderstood. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I live in terror of not being misunderstood.


Quote: Do you know that I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world? Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Do you know that I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world? Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance.


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

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.


Quote: Writing bores me so. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Writing bores me so.


Quote: I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.


Quote: Clergymen and people who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Clergymen and people who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation.


Quote: Cleverness becomes a public nuisance. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Cleverness becomes a public nuisance.


Quote: American girls are as clever at concealing their parents as English women are at concealing their past. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

American girls are as clever at concealing their parents as English women are at concealing their past.


Quote: Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.


Quote: What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons.


Quote: To elope is cowardly; it is running away from danger; and danger has become so rare in modern life. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Don't tell me that you have exhausted Life. When a man says that, one knows that life has exhausted him. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Don't tell me that you have exhausted Life. When a man says that, one knows that life has exhausted him.


Quote: Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.


Quote: Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.


Quote: If a woman cannot make her mistakes charming, she is only a female. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Yes, very sensible... People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Yes, very sensible... People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.


Quote: There is a fatality about good resolutions -- that they are always made too late. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

There is a fatality about good resolutions -- that they are always made too late.


Quote: Her body swayed, while she danced, as a plant sways in the water. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Her body swayed, while she danced, as a plant sways in the water.


Quote: I see the moon like a clipped piece of silver. Like gilded bees the stars cluster round her. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I see the moon like a clipped piece of silver. Like gilded bees the stars cluster round her.


Quote: Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.


Quote: All great ideas are dangerous. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

All great ideas are dangerous.


Quote: A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.


Quote: Lawyers have been known to wrest from reluctant juries triumphant verdicts of acquittal for their clients, even when those clients, as often happens, were clearly and unmistakably innocent. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Lawyers have been known to wrest from reluctant juries triumphant verdicts of acquittal for their clients, even when those clients, as often happens, were clearly and unmistakably innocent.


Quote: One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy.


Quote: All art is immortal. For emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art, and emotion for the sake of action is the aim of life. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

All art is immortal. For emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art, and emotion for the sake of action is the aim of life.


Quote: Artists reproduce themselves or each other, with wearisome iteration. But criticism is always moving on, and the critic is always developing. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Artists reproduce themselves or each other, with wearisome iteration. But criticism is always moving on, and the critic is always developing.


Quote: Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to mediaevalism. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to mediaevalism.


Quote: The artistic life is a long, lovely suicide. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The artistic life is a long, lovely suicide.


Quote: Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited.


Quote: If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation.


Quote: Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.


Quote: A beggar hates his benefactor as much as he hates himself for begging. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A beggar hates his benefactor as much as he hates himself for begging.


Quote: The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations.


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

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.


Quote: Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris.


Quote: A burnt child loves the fire. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A burnt child loves the fire.


Quote: One should absorb the color of life. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

One should absorb the color of life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Memory is the diary that chronicles things that never have happened and couldn't possibly have happened. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Memory is the diary that chronicles things that never have happened and couldn't possibly have happened.


Quote: The best one can say of modern creative art is that it is just a little less vulgar than reality. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The best one can say of modern creative art is that it is just a little less vulgar than reality.


Quote: Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! -- hang him! by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! -- hang him!


Quote: A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime.


Quote: It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it.


Quote: Life is the art of being well deceived, and to succeed, it must be habitual and uninterrupted. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: In love, 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

In love, it is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder.


Quote: Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.


Quote: I don't regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I don't regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience. I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine.


Quote: Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking Champagne. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking Champagne.


Quote: Life under a good government is rarely dramatic; life under a bad government is always so. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Life under a good government is rarely dramatic; life under a bad government is always so.


Quote: You cut life to pieces with your epigrams. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

You cut life to pieces with your epigrams.


Quote: I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.


Quote: Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.


Quote: Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.


Quote: The essence of thought, as the essence of life, is growth. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The essence of thought, as the essence of life, is growth.


Quote: In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: There is more to be said for stupidity than people imagine. Personally I have a great admiration for stupidity. It is a sort of fellow-feeling, I suppose. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

There is more to be said for stupidity than people imagine. Personally I have a great admiration for stupidity. It is a sort of fellow-feeling, I suppose.


Quote: Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on honeycomb. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on honeycomb.


Quote: Just to let you know that the buffet car will be closing for stocktaking in five minutes. The next station stop is Chesterfield. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Just to let you know that the buffet car will be closing for stocktaking in five minutes. The next station stop is Chesterfield.


Quote: You are not listening to a word I am saying ... and I am making the most delightful plans for your future. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: God, bless me with luxury. Necessities I can do without. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

God, bless me with luxury. Necessities I can do without.


Quote: People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.


Quote: Each of us has heaven and hell in him. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Each of us has heaven and hell in him.


Quote: God's eternal laws are kind-and break the heart of stone. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

God's eternal laws are kind-and break the heart of stone.


Quote: Great passions are for the great of soul, and great events can be seen only by those who are on a level with them. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Great passions are for the great of soul, and great events can be seen only by those who are on a level with them.


Quote: Like two doomed ships that pass in storm we had crossed each other's way: but we made no sign, we said no word, we had no word to say. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Like two doomed ships that pass in storm we had crossed each other's way: but we made no sign, we said no word, we had no word to say.


Quote: I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.


Quote: I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.


Quote: An actor is part illusionist, part artist, part ham. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

An actor is part illusionist, part artist, part ham.


Quote: I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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!


Quote: You should treat the trivial things in life seriously and the serious things in life with a sincere and studied triviality. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

You should treat the trivial things in life seriously and the serious things in life with a sincere and studied triviality.


Quote: One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

One does not see anything until one sees its beauty.


Quote: The world seemed to me fine because you were in it, and goodness more real because you lived. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The world seemed to me fine because you were in it, and goodness more real because you lived.


Quote: I like looking at geniuses and listening to beautiful people. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I like looking at geniuses and listening to beautiful people.


Quote: I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.


Quote: If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it.


Quote: I love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing I know anything about. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Genius lasts longer than beauty. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Genius lasts longer than beauty.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.


Quote: There is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

There is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty.


Quote: I played with an idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I played with an idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox.


Quote: Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them. The past, the present and the future are but one moment in the sight of God, in whose sight we should try to live. Time and space, succession and extension, are merely accidental conditions of thought. The imagination can transcend them.


Quote: The sure way of knowing nothing about life is to try to make oneself useful. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.


Quote: He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives.


Quote: Alas, I'm dying beyond my means. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Alas, I'm dying beyond my means.


Quote: I expect I shall have to die beyond my means. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I expect I shall have to die beyond my means.


Quote: There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage: a marriage in which there is love, but on one side only. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage: a marriage in which there is love, but on one side only.


Quote: Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.


Quote: Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.


Quote: Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself.
She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself.
She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance.


Quote: As for modern journalism, it is not my business to defend it. It justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarest. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

As for modern journalism, it is not my business to defend it. It justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarest.


Quote: My desire to live is as intense as ever, and though my heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken: that is why God sends sorrow into the world. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

My desire to live is as intense as ever, and though my heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken: that is why God sends sorrow into the world.


Quote: For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. Outside, the day may be blue and gold, but the light that creeps down through the thickly-muffled glass of the small iron-barred window beneath which one sits is grey and niggard. It is always twilight in one's cell, as it is always twilight in one's heart. And in the sphere of thought, no less than in the sphere of time, motion is no more.


Quote: My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman! by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman!


Quote: Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.


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

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.


Quote: Don't run down dyed hair and painted faces. There is an extraordinary charm in them, sometimes. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Don't run down dyed hair and painted faces. There is an extraordinary charm in them, sometimes.


Quote: I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting.


Quote: You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter -- a girl brought up with the utmost care -- to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel? by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter -- a girl brought up with the utmost care -- to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel?


Quote: In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.


Quote: Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. It is through the voice of one crying in the wilderness that the ways of the gods must be prepared.


Quote: Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: The man with a clear conscience probably has a poor memory. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The man with a clear conscience probably has a poor memory.


Quote: It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: If we're always guided by other people's thoughts, what's the point in having our own? by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.


Quote: I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it. You worshipped yourself too much. We are both punished. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it. You worshipped yourself too much. We are both punished.


Quote: An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty.


Quote: I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after.


Quote: Prism! Where is that baby? by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Prism! Where is that baby?


Quote: We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.


Quote: She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses but in all my garden there is no red rose. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses but in all my garden there is no red rose.


Quote: Ah, on what little things does happiness depend. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Ah, on what little things does happiness depend.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Ah, on what little things does happiness depend! I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched.


Quote: The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret.


Quote: To live in this world is a rare thing; most people just exist. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

To live in this world is a rare thing; most people just exist.


Quote: I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock.


Quote: Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.


Quote: It is only the sacred things that are worth touching. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is only the sacred things that are worth touching.


Quote: Put out the torches! Hide the moon! Hide the stars! Let us hide ourselves in our palace,
Herodias. I begin to be afraid. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Put out the torches! Hide the moon! Hide the stars! Let us hide ourselves in our palace,
Herodias. I begin to be afraid.


Quote: It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done.


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

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.


Quote: I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.


Quote: Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.


Quote: The supreme vice is shallowness. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The supreme vice is shallowness.


Quote: The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.


Quote: It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.


Quote: The bright dawn flooded the room, and swept the fantastic shadows into dusky corners, where they lay shuddering. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The bright dawn flooded the room, and swept the fantastic shadows into dusky corners, where they lay shuddering.


Quote: We spend our days, each one of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in Art. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

We spend our days, each one of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in Art.


Quote: I am a man of simple pleasures. The best suits me perfectly. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I am a man of simple pleasures. The best suits me perfectly.


Quote: A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.


Quote: The great poet is always a seer, seeing less with the eyes of the body than he does with the eyes of the mind. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The great poet is always a seer, seeing less with the eyes of the body than he does with the eyes of the mind.


Quote: I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.


Quote: Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither.


Quote: All authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and it degrades those over whom it is exercised. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

All authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and it degrades those over whom it is exercised.


Quote: The note of the perfect personality is not rebellion, but peace. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The note of the perfect personality is not rebellion, but peace.


Quote: The sin was mine; I did not understand. So now is music prisoned in her cave, Save where some ebbing desultory wave Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The sin was mine; I did not understand. So now is music prisoned in her cave, Save where some ebbing desultory wave Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand.


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

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.


Quote: Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life.


Quote: No theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

No theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself.


Quote: When people talk to me about the weather, I always feel they mean something else. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

When people talk to me about the weather, I always feel they mean something else.


Quote: Life is too short to learn German. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Life is too short to learn German.


Quote: A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent.


Quote: We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.


Quote: I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.


Quote: No man should have a secret from his wife. She invariably finds it out. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

No man should have a secret from his wife. She invariably finds it out.


Quote: Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.


Quote: No crime is vulgar,
but all vulgarity is crime. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

No crime is vulgar,
but all vulgarity is crime.


Quote: The first thing that struck me on landing in America was that if the Americans are not the most well-dressed people in the world, they are the most comfortably dressed. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The first thing that struck me on landing in America was that if the Americans are not the most well-dressed people in the world, they are the most comfortably dressed.


Quote: The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.


Quote: If a woman wants to hold a man she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

If a woman wants to hold a man she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him.


Quote: Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

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


Quote: I'm too old to know everything. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I'm too old to know everything.


Quote: I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.


Quote: Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned.


Quote: Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.


Quote: The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction.


Quote: I'm so smart, I read and understand Hegel. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

I'm so smart, I read and understand Hegel.


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

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.


Quote: One pale woman all alone,
The daylight kissing her wan hair,
Loitered beneath the gas lamps' flare,
With lips of flame and heart of stone. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

One pale woman all alone,
The daylight kissing her wan hair,
Loitered beneath the gas lamps' flare,
With lips of flame and heart of stone.


Quote: Really, if the lower orders don't set a good example, what on earth is the use of them? by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Really, if the lower orders don't set a good example, what on earth is the use of them?


Quote: She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.


Quote: The only proper intoxication is conversation. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The only proper intoxication is conversation.


Quote: Biography lends to death a new terror. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Biography lends to death a new terror.


Quote: There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God.


Quote: The British cook, for her iniquities, is a foolish woman who should be turned into a pillar of salt which she never knows how to use. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

The British cook, for her iniquities, is a foolish woman who should be turned into a pillar of salt which she never knows how to use.


Quote: Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling.


Quote: Consistency is the last refuge of the unimagininative. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimagininative.


Quote: Give children beauty, not the record of bloody slaughters and barbarous brawls, as they call history, or of the latitude and longitude of places nobody cares to visit, as they call geography. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

Give children beauty, not the record of bloody slaughters and barbarous brawls, as they call history, or of the latitude and longitude of places nobody cares to visit, as they call geography.


Quote: One should always be a little improbable. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of photo of author Oscar Wilde with quote

One should always be a little improbable.


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