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Quotes by Oscar Wilde - (160 quotes)

Oscar Wilde - From the Activity category:

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Advice category:

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Aging category:

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Aging category:

Alas, I am dying beyond my means. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Ambition category:

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Anticipation category:

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Anxiety category:

The anxiety is unbearable. I only hope it lasts forever. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Art category:

All art is quite useless. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Art category:

Art never expresses anything but itself. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Art category:

One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Artists category:

The artist should never try to be popular. Rather the public should be more artistic. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Artists category:

Bad artists always admire each others' work. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Artists category:

The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Beauty category:

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Belief category:

Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Books category:

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Books category:

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Boredom category:

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Brother/Sisterhood category:

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Business category:

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Colour category:

He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Creativity category:

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Critics category:

Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic – a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Critics category:

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Danger category:

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Dealers category:

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Deception category:

Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Desire category:

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Desire category:

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Discipline category:

Duty is what one expects from others – it is not what one does oneself. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Dreams category:

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Education category:

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Education category:

Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Ego category:

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Ego category:

I have nothing to declare except my genius. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Emotion category:

A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Emotion category:

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Expectation category:

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Expectation category:

It is always the unreadable that occurs. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Experience category:

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Failure category:

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Fashion category:

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Fashion category:

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Fear category:

It is what we fear that happens to us. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Fear category:

I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Finishing category:

Varnishing is the only artistic process with which Royal Academicians are thoroughly familiar. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Friendship category:

True friends stab you in the front. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Friendship category:

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Friendship category:

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Friendship category:

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Future category:

It is absurd to say that the age of miracles is past. It has not yet begun. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Gender category:

Men want to be a woman's first love – women like to be a man's last romance. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Gender category:

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Genius category:

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Genius category:

I put my talent in my work, I save my Genius for my life. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Goodness category:

Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Goodness category:

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Growth category:

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Happiness category:

Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Hope category:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Humanity category:

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Idealism category:

By the artificial separation of soul and body men have invented a Realism that is vulgar and an Idealism that is void. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Ideas category:

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Illusion category:

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Illusion category:

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Imagination category:

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Imitation category:

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Impossibilities category:

The world is divided into two classes: those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Individuality category:

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Individuality category:

Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Indolence category:

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Influence category:

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Information category:

- b.1854 d.1900...
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Intellect category:

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

Oscar Wilde - From the Interest category:

Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninterested in what they are. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Joy category:

What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Knowledge category:

I am not young enough to know everything. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Language category:

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Life category:

Life is too important to be taken seriously. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Life category:

One's real life is often the life that one does not lead. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Life category:

The secret of life is in art. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Life category:

Life! Life! Don't let us go to life for our fulfilment or our experience. Life makes us pay too high a price for its wares, and we purchase the meanest of its secrets at a cost that is monstrous and infinite. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Life category:

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Life category:

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Life category:

-famous last words...
This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Love category:

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Love category:

It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Love category:

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Memory category:

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Methodology category:

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Mistakes category:

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Moderation category:

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Money category:

When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Money category:

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Morality category:

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Morality category:

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Music category:

Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one's nerves – which is the same thing nowadays. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Music category:

Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Music category:

If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Mysteries category:

The final mystery is oneself... Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Mysteries category:

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Nature category:

Nature constantly imitates art. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Obscurity category:

God and other artists are always a little obscure. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Optimism category:

The basis of optimism is sheer terror. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Optimism category:

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Originality category:

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Patience category:

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Perfection category:

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Philosophy category:

Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow on another like the withered leaves of Autumn. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Pleasure category:

Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Poetry category:

A poet can survive anything but a misprint. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Poetry category:

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Poetry category:

A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Politics category:

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Portraiture category:

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Possessions category:

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Prayer category:

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Pricing category:

The mind of a thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Prosperity category:

When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life, now that I am old, I know it is. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Purpose category:

To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Questions category:

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Quotations category:

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Recognition category:

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Religion category:

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Revelation category:

It is Art, and Art only, that reveals us to ourselves. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Risk category:

-An Ideal Husband
To stake all one's life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not - there is no weakness in that. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Seeing category:

To look at a thing is very different from seeing it. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Seeing category:

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Selling category:

The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Senses category:

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Solitude category:

Alone, and without any reference to his neighbours, without any interference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing; and if he does not do it solely for his own pleasure, he is not an artist at all. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Standards category:

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

Oscar Wilde - From the Standards category:

The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Success category:

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Success category:

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Suffering category:

Misfortunes one can endure. But to suffer for one's own faults – ah! – there is the sting of life. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Suffering category:

To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Survival category:

It is through... Art and Art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Survival category:

One can survive anything these days, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Symbols category:

All art is at once surface and symbol. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Talent category:

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Taste category:

I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Teaching category:

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Temperament category:

Life is a thing narrowed by circumstances, incoherent in its utterance, and without that fine correspondence of form and spirit which is the only thing that can satisfy the artistic and critical temperament. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Temperament category:

Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Thinking category:

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Thought category:

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

Oscar Wilde - From the Travel category:

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Truth category:

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Understanding category:

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Understanding category:

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Uniqueness category:

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Unknowns category:

It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Winning category:

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Work category:

Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Worth category:

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Worth category:

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Writing category:

The public has an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Writing category:

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde - From the Writing category:

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. (Oscar Wilde)