Oscar Wilde

Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)

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

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