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OSCAR WILDE QUOTES

Irish writer & poet (1854-1900)

Oscar Wilde quote

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

OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist

Art never expresses anything but itself.

OSCAR WILDE, The Decay of Lying

Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, life wouldn't be worth living.

OSCAR WILDE, The importance of Being Earnest

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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.

OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.

OSCAR WILDE, A Woman of No Importance

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated.

OSCAR WILDE, The Remarkable Rocket

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.

OSCAR WILDE, The Importance of Being Earnest

Outcasts always mourn.

OSCAR WILDE, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

I can resist everything except temptation.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

Do you really think ... that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to. 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, An Ideal Husband

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The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

OSCAR WILDE, Aristotle at Afternoon Tea

When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.

OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist

Better the rule of One, whom all obey,
Than to let clamorous demagogues betray
Our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.

OSCAR WILDE, Libertatis Sacra Fames

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

The fact is, that civilisation 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.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist

The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women ... merely adored.

OSCAR WILDE, The Ideal Husband

All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.

OSCAR WILDE, The Portrait of Mr. W.H.

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, The Critic as Artist

America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.

OSCAR WILDE, The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde

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.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.

OSCAR WILDE, A Woman of No Importance

Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.

OSCAR WILDE, attributed, Lying Fully Clothed

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

OSCAR WILDE, An Ideal Husband

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, A Woman of No Importance

The play was a great success, but the audience was a failure.

OSCAR WILDE, attributed, Encore

The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

He has fought a good fight and has had to face every difficulty except popularity.

OSCAR WILDE, Men and Memories

The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial. Beautiful sins, like beautiful things, are the privilege of the rich.

OSCAR WILDE, Oscariana

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

All great ideas are dangerous.

OSCAR WILDE, De Profundis

As a pomegranate, cut in twain,
White-seeded is her crimson mouth.

OSCAR WILDE, La Bella Donna della Mia Mente

Browse Oscar Wilde Quotes II

Oscar Wilde - a biography.

Oscar Wilde Monologues - a collection of monologues from his plays.

Oscar Wilde Poems - a collection of his poetry.

The Importance of Being Earnest - a synopsis of Wilde's most famous play.

Salomé - complete text of the play by Oscar Wilde.


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