Oscar Wilde

Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)

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A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?Rate it:
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.Rate it:
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.Rate it:
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.Rate it:
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.Rate it:
A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.Rate it:
About foxhunting: The unspeakable chasing the uneatable.Rate it:
Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.Rate it:
Action: the last resource of those who know not how to dream.Rate it:
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.Rate it:
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.Rate it:
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.Rate it:
Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much.Rate it:
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.Rate it:
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.Rate it:
America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up.Rate it:
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.Rate it:
Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.Rate it:
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.Rate it:
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.Rate it:
Arguments are to be avoided they are always vulgar and often convincing.Rate it:
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.Rate it:
Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known.Rate it:
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.Rate it:
Beauty is a form of genius--is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.Rate it:
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the sameRate it:
Biography lends to death a new terror.Rate it:
Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude.Rate it:
But what is the difference between literature and journalism ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.Rate it:
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.Rate it:
Chastity is the greatest form of perversion.Rate it:
Children begin by loving their parents as they grow older they judge them sometimes they forgive them.Rate it:
Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.Rate it:
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.Rate it:
Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.Rate it:
Democracy is the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.Rate it:
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.Rate it:
Divorces are made in heaven.Rate it:
Dreamers can find their way by moonlight and their only punishment is that they see the dawn before the rest of the world.Rate it:
Eduaction is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.Rate it:
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well worth remembering from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.Rate it:
Everyone who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.Rate it:
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.Rate it:
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.Rate it:
Experience...is simply the name we give our mistakes.Rate it:
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.Rate it:
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.Rate it:
Genius is born--not paid.Rate it:
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.Rate it:
Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.Rate it:
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.Rate it:
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.Rate it:
I am not young enough to know everything.Rate it:
I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.Rate it:
I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.Rate it:
I can resist anything but temptation.Rate it:
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.Rate it:
I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.Rate it:
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.Rate it:
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.Rate it:
I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.Rate it:
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.Rate it:
I sometimes think that God, in creating man, overestimated His ability.Rate it:
I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.Rate it:
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.Rate it:
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.Rate it:
Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humaor is provided to console him from what he is.Rate it:
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.Rate it:
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.Rate it:
It is an odd thing, but everyone who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.Rate it:
It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.Rate it:
It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.Rate it:
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.Rate it:
It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.Rate it:
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.Rate it:
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.Rate it:
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.Rate it:
It's absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.Rate it:
Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.Rate it:
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship; and it is by far the best ending for one.Rate it:
Life imitates art more than art imitates life.Rate it:
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.Rate it:
Life is too important to be taken seriously.Rate it:
Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.Rate it:
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.Rate it:
Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.Rate it:
Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not.Rate it:
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.Rate it:
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people we personally dislike.Rate it:
Morality, like art, means a drawing a line someplace.Rate it:
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.Rate it:
Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.Rate it:
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.Rate it:
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.Rate it:
My wallpaper and i are fighting a duel to death. One or the other has to go.Rate it:
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.Rate it:
Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.Rate it:
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.Rate it:
One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.Rate it:
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.Rate it:
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.Rate it:
One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.Rate it:
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.Rate it:
One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.Rate it:
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.Rate it:
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.Rate it:
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.Rate it:
One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.Rate it:
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.Rate it:
Only the shallow know themselves.Rate it:
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.Rate it:
Oscar Wilde: "I wish I had said that." Whistler: "You will, Oscar; you will.Rate it:
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.Rate it:
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.Rate it:
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.Rate it:
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.Rate it:
Philanthropy is the refuge of rich people who wish to annoy their fellow creatures.Rate it:
Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.Rate it:
Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.Rate it:
Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.Rate it:
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.Rate it:
Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.Rate it:
Science is the record of dead religions.Rate it:
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.Rate it:
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking other people to live as one wishes to live.Rate it:
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.Rate it:
Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.Rate it:
Society produces rogues, and education makes one rogue cleverer than another.Rate it:
Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go.Rate it:
Sometimes it takes courage to give into temptation.Rate it:
Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.Rate it:
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.Rate it:
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.Rate it:
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.Rate it:
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.Rate it:
The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.Rate it:
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.Rate it:
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.Rate it:
The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.Rate it:
The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.Rate it:
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.Rate it:
The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.Rate it:
The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.Rate it:
The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling I have always cultivated.Rate it:
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.Rate it:
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.Rate it:
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.Rate it:
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.Rate it:
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.Rate it:
The problem with the common person is that he is so unbearably common!Rate it:
The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding.Rate it:
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.Rate it:
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.Rate it:
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.Rate it:
The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.Rate it:
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.Rate it:
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.Rate it:
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.Rate it:
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.Rate it:
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.Rate it:
There is no sin except stupidity.Rate it:
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.Rate it:
They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.Rate it:
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.Rate it:
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.Rate it:
To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.Rate it:
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.Rate it:
To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness.Rate it:
To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.Rate it:
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.Rate it:
True friends stab you in the front.Rate it:
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.Rate it:
Truth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.Rate it:
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.Rate it:
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.Rate it:
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.Rate it:
We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.Rate it:
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.Rate it:
What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.Rate it:
When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.Rate it:
When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck men risk theirs.Rate it:
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.Rate it:
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.Rate it:
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.Rate it:
While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.Rate it:
Why was I born with such contemporariesRate it:
Why was I born with such contemporaries?Rate it:
Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.Rate it:
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.Rate it:
Work is the curse of the drinking class.Rate it:
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.Rate it:
Yet each man kills the thing he loves,By each let this be heard,Some do it with a bitter look,Some with a flattering word,The koward does it with a kiss,The brave man with a swordRate it:
You will always be fond of me....I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commitRate it:

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