ᐅ169+ Oscar Wilde Quotes on Love & Life (BE YOURSELF)

“Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one.” ― Oscar Wilde

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

“Arguments are to be avoided, they are always vulgar and often convincing.” ― Oscar Wilde

“He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Cecil Graham: What is a cynic? Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. Cecil Graham: And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?” ― Oscar Wilde

“Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Wisdom comes with winters” ― Oscar Wilde

“The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Indeed, no woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much” ― Oscar Wilde

“She lives the poetry she cannot write.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There are few of us who have not sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make us almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when through the chambers of the brain sweep phantoms more terrible than reality itself, and instinct with that vivid life that lurks in all grotesques, and that lends to Gothic art its enduring vitality, this art being, one might fancy, especially the art of those whose minds have been troubled with the malady of reverie. Gradually white fingers creep through the curtains, and they appear to tremble. In black fantastic shapes, dumb shadows crawl into the corners of the room and crouch there. Outside, there is the stirring of birds among the leaves, or the sound of men going forth to their work, or the sigh and sob of the wind coming down from the hills and wandering round the silent house, as though it feared to wake the sleepers and yet must needs call forth sleep from her purple cave. Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern. The wan mirrors get back their mimic life. The flameless tapers stand where we had left them, and beside them lies the half-cut book that we had been studying, or the wired flower that we had worn at the ball, or the letter that we had been afraid to read, or that we had read too often. Nothing seems to us changed. Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known. We have to resume it where we had left off, and there steals over us a terrible sense of the necessity for the continuance of energy in the same wearisome round of stereotyped habits, or a wild longing, it may be, that our eyelids might open some morning upon a world that had been refashioned anew in the darkness for our pleasure, a world in which things would have fresh shapes and colours, and be changed, or have other secrets, a world in which the past would have little or no place, or survive, at any rate, in no conscious form of obligation or regret, the remembrance even of joy having its bitterness and the memories of pleasure their pain.” ― Oscar Wilde

“If one doesn't talk about a thing, it has never happened. It is simply expression that gives reality to things.” ― Oscar Wilde

“But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.” ― oscar wilde

“My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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!” ― Oscar Wilde

“Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I hope, Cecily, I shall not offend you if I state quite frankly and openly that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection.” ― Oscar Wilde

“With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it's not fine it's not the end.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is better to be beautiful then to be good, but it is better to be good then to be ugly.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I can believe anything provided it is incredible.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws.” ― Oscar Wilde

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

“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.” ― Oscar Wilde

“My dear boy, the people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect---simply a confession of failures. Faithfulness! I must analyse it some day. The passion for property is in it. There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. But I don't want to interrupt you. Go on with your story. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Oscar Wilde was suing the Marquis of Queensbury in 1895 for libel accusing Wilde of homosexuality Counsel: Have you ever adored a young man madly? Wilde: I have never given adoration to anyone except myself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.” ― Oscar Wilde

“After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one’s tears.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?” ― Oscar Wilde

“I like talking to a brick wall- it's the only thing in the world that never contradicts me!” ― Oscar Wilde

“You seem to forget that I am married, and the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. 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. The thoroughly well-informed man--that is the modern ideal. And the mind of the 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

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.” ― oscar wilde

“If there is anything more annoying in the world than having people talk about you, it is certainly having no one talk about you.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Never met such a Gorgon . . . I don't really know what a Gorgon is like, but I am quite sure that Lady Bracknell is one. In any case, she is a monster, without being a myth, which is rather unfair.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The aim of life is self-development. To realise one's nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.” ― Oscar Wilde

“All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Well I won't argue about the matter. You always want to argue about things. That is exactly what things were originally made for.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Most people are boring and stupid.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Any place you love is the world to you.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Her trust makes me faithful, her belief makes me good.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake. I am known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I warn you, Miss Cardew, you may go too far.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.” ― Oscar Wilde

“ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl...I have ever met since...I met you.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Every impulse we strangle will only poison us.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A mask tells us more than a face.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The great events of the world take place in the brain...” ― Oscar Wilde

“Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything. Yes, murmured Lord Henry, settling his button-hole in his coat; and when they grow older they know it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A simile committing suicide is always a depressing spectacle.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You told me you had destroyed it." "I was wrong. It has destroyed me.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Every effect that one produces gives one an enemy. To be popular one must be a mediocrity.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I daresay, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one's life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Paradox though it may seem - and paradoxes are always dangerous things - it is none the less true that Life imitates art far more than Art imitates life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Ambition is the last refuge of the failure” ― Oscar Wilde

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

“I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The moon in her chariot of pearl” ― Oscar Wilde

“Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind. -Algernon” ― Oscar Wilde

“I know. In fact, I am never wrong.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ― 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

“He made me see what Life is, and what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I don’t write this letter to put bitterness into your heart, but to pluck it out of mine. For my own sake I must forgive you.” ― Oscar Wilde

“every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I analyzed you, though you did not adore me.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.” ― Oscar Wilde

“But youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.” ― Oscar Wilde

“But then one regrets the loss even of one's worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one's personality.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You are what you read.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To be really mediæval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The things people say of a man do not alter a man. He is what he is. Public opinion is of no value whatsoever. Even if people employ actual violence, they are not to be violent in turn. That would be to fall to the same low level. After all, even in prison, a man can be quite free. His soul can be free. His personality can be untroubled. He can be at peace. And, above all things, they are not to interfere with other people or judge them in any way. Personality is a very mysterious thing. A man cannot always be estimated by what he does. He may keep the law, and yet be worthless. He may break the law, and yet be fine. He may be bad, without ever doing anything bad. He may commit a sin against society, and yet realize through that sin his true perfection.” ― Oscar Wilde

“And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal” ― Oscar Wilde

“I didn't say I liked it Harry. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference.” ― Oscar Wilde

“If one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Jack: “Gwendolen, wait here for me.” Gwendolen: “If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live nor the smallest instinct about when to die.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left. ALGERNON: We have. JACK: I should extremely like to meet them. What do they talk about? ALGERNON: The fools? Oh! about the clever people of course. JACK: What fools.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable.” ― Oscar Wilde

“People say sometimes that Beauty is superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. 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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Memory is the diary that chronicles things that never happened or couldn't possibly have happened.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Where there is no love there is no understanding.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Love does not traffic in a marketplace, nor use a huckster's scales. Its joy, like the joy of the intellect, is to feel itself alive. The aim of Love is to love: no more, and no less. You were my enemy: such an enemy as no man ever had. I had given you all my life, and to gratify the lowest and most contemptible of all human passions, hatred and vanity and greed, you had thrown it away. In less than three years you had entirely ruined me in every point of view. For my own sake there was nothing for me to do but to love you.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is so easy to convince others; it is so difficult to convince oneself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There are two ways to dislike poetry: One is to dislike it; the other is to read Pope.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.” ― Oscar Wilde

“This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose? Algernon. Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is. The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my life. Jack. Well, you've no right whatsoever to Bunbury here. Algernon. That is absurd. One has a right to Bunbury anywhere one chooses. Every serious Bunburyist knows that.” ― Oscar Wilde

“She is a peacock in everything but beauty!” ― Oscar Wilde

“Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Be happy, cried the Nightingale, be happy; you shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart's-blood. All that I ask of you in return is that you will be a true lover, for Love is wiser than Philosophy, though she is wise, and mightier than Power, though he is mighty. Flame-coloured are his wings, and coloured like flame is his body. His lips are sweet as honey, and his breath is like frankincense.” ― Oscar Wilde

“And all the woe that moved him so That he gave that bitter cry the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats None knew so well as I: For he who lives more lives than one More deaths than one must die.” ― Oscar Wilde

“In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“As for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Imagination is a quality that was given to man compensate him from whats not. The sense of humor was given to console him from what is.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I must say... that I ruined myself: and that nobody, great or small, can be ruined except by his own hand.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The secret to life is to enjoy the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.” ― Oscar Wilde

“When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss Money” ― Oscar Wilde

“The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Truth is independent of facts always.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about it's use. It is hitting below the intellect.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There seemed to be something tragic in a friendship so coloured by romance.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.” ― Oscar Wilde

“She knew nothing but she had everything he had lost.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I don't want to earn my living, I want to live.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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!” ― Oscar Wilde

“One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.” ― Oscar Wilde

“What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Art only begins where Imitation ends.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Just because a man has died for it, does not make it true.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling, and Domine non sum dignus should be on the lips and in the hearts of those who receive it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women.' 'It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Do you smoke? Well, yes, I must admit I smoke. I'm glad to hear of it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.” ― Oscar Wilde

“America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.” ― Oscar Wilde

“My dear boy, the people who only love once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect—simply a confession of failures.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It's the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Poets are not so scrupulous as you are. They know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions." "I hate them for it," cried Hallward. "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. Some day I will show the world what is it; and for that the world shall never see my portrait of Dorian Gray.” ― Oscar Wilde

“After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world. I mean disassociated. Take a top hat. You think you see it as it really is. But you don’t because you associate it with other things and ideas.If you had never heard of one before, and suddenly saw it alone, you’d be frightened, or you’d laugh. That is the effect absinthe has, and that is why it drives men mad. Three nights I sat up all night drinking absinthe, and thinking that I was singularly clear-headed and sane. The waiter came in and began watering the sawdust.The most wonderful flowers, tulips, lilies and roses, sprang up, and made a garden in the cafe. “Don’t you see them?” I said to him. “Mais non, monsieur, il n’y a rien.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“And alien tears will fill for him pity's long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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

“Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable” ― Oscar Wilde

“Now art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You and I will always be friends." "Yet you poisoned me with a book once. I should not forgive that.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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

“I am the only person I would like to know thoroughly” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Dear little Swallow,’ said the Prince, ‘you tell me of marvelous things, but more marvelous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no Mystery so great as Misery.” ― Oscar Wilde

“She was a curious woman, whose dresses always looked as if they had been designed in a rage and put on in a tempest. She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she had kept all her illusions. She tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one centre of pain.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.” ― Oscar Wilde

“He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Love is easily killed.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously” ― Oscar Wilde

“Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Every woman becomes their mother. That's their tragedy. And no man becomes his. That's his tragedy.” ― Oscar Wilde

“We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful.” ― Oscar Wilde,

“But she is happiest alone. She is happiest alone.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little. I discern great sanity in the Greek attitude. They never chattered about sunsets, or discussed whether the shadows on the grass were really mauve or not. But they saw that the sea was for the swimmer, and the sand for the feet of the runner. They loved the trees for the shadow that they cast, and the forest for its silence at noon.” ― Oscar Wilde

“because to influence a person is to give one's own soul.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Genius lasts longer than beauty” ― Oscar Wilde

“Now and then, however, he is horribly thoughtless, and seems to take a real delight in giving me pain. Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to some one who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer’s day.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A burnt child loves the fire.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Even before I met you I was far from indifferent to you.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It's tragic how few people ever 'possess their souls' before they die. 'Nothing is more rare in any man', says Emerson, 'than an act of his own.' It is quite true. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their life is a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Conscience makes egotists of us all.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Just as vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. And falsehoods the truths of other people. Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself. To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.” ― Oscar Wilde

“As for omens, there is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I asked the question for the best reason possible, for the only reason, indeed, that excuses anyone for asking any question - simple curiosity.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” ― Oscar Wilde

“But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are! Except, of course, in the Church. But then in the Church they don't think.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A sentimentalist is simply one who wants to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it. We think we can have our emotions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing emotions have to be paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine. The intellectual and emotional life of ordinary people is a very contemptible affair. Just as they borrow their ideas from a sort of circulating library of thought—-the Zeitgeist of an age that has no soul—-and send them back soiled at the end of each week, so they always try to get their emotions on credit, and refuse to pay the bill when it comes in. You should pass out of that conception of life. As soon as you have to pay for an emotion you will know its quality, and be the better for such knowledge. And remember that the sentimentalist is always a cynic at heart. Indeed, sentimentality is merely the bank holiday of cynicism.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman” ― Oscar Wilde

“The only horrible thing in the world is ennui.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.” ― Oscar Wilde

“In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious." "Oh, that's nonsense, Algy. You never talk anything but nonsense." "Nobody ever does.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“From the moment I met you, your personality had the most extraordinary influence over me. I was dominated, soul brain and power.” ― Oscar Wilde,

“I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar and often convincing.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am always late on principle, my principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.” ― Oscar Wilde

“True friends stab you in the front” ― Oscar Wilde

“The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations.” ― Wilde Oscar

“Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I want to make Romeo jealous! I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir their dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.” ― Oscar Wilde

“No, you don't feel it now. Some day, when you are old and wrinkled and ugly, when thought has seared your forehead with its lines, and passion branded your lips with itshideous fires, you will feel it, you will feel it terribly.Now, wherever you go, you charm the world. Will it always be so? . . . You have a wonderfully beautiful face, Mr. Gray. Don't frown. You have. And beauty is a form of genius-- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or spring-time, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has its divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.You smile? Ah! when you have lost it you won't smile. . . . People say sometimes that beauty is only superficial.That may be so, but at least it is not so superficial as thought is. 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. . . . Yes, Mr. Gray, the gods have been good to you.But what the gods give they quickly take away. You have only a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully.When your youth goes, your beauty will go with it, and then you will suddenly discover that there are no triumphs left for you, or have to content yourself with those mean triumphs that the memory of your past will make more bitter than defeats.Every month as it wanes brings you nearer to something dreadful. Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses. You will become sallow, and hollow-cheeked, and dull-eyed. You will suffer horribly.... Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Don't squander the gold of your days,listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure,or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals,of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing. . . . A new Hedonism-- that is what our century wants. You might be its visible symbol.With your personality there is nothing you could not do.The world belongs to you for a season. . . . The moment I met you I saw that you were quite unconscious of what you really are, of what you really might be. There was so much in you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself.I thought how tragic it would be if you were wasted. For there is such a little time that your youth will last--such a little time.The common hill-flowers wither, but they blossom again.The laburnum will be as yellow next June as it is now.In a month there will be purple stars on the clematis, and year after year the green night of its leaves will hold its purple stars. But we never get back our youth. The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to. Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world but youth!” ― Oscar Wilde

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

“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 his choice of enemies. I have not got one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me. Is that very vain of me? I think that it is rather vain.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I never take any notice to what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me quite nervous.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.” ― Oscar Wilde

“His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was not a simple but rather a very complex passion.” ― Oscar Wilde

“For he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Reported as Oscar Wilde's last words on his death bed... This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has to go.” ― Wilde

“The one charm about the past is that it is the past. But women never know when the curtain has fallen. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There are few of us who have not sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make one almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when through the chambers of the brain sweep phantoms more terrible than reality itself, and instinct with that vivid life that lurks in all grotesques, and that lends to Gothic art its enduring vitality, this art being, one might fancy, especially the art of those whose minds have been troubled with the malady of reverie.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Oh, don't cough, Ernest. When one is dictating one should speak fluently and not cough. Besides, I don't know how to spell a cough.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels in place of those you have given away. The ruby shall be redder than a red rose, and the sapphire shall be as blue as the great sea.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.” ― Oscar Wild

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To get into the best society, nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people - that is all!” ― Oscar Wilde

“Never mind what I say. I am always saying what I shouldn't say. In fact, I usually say what I really think. A great mistake nowadays. It makes one so liable to be misunderstood.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Create yourself. Be yourself your poem.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.” ― Oscar Wilde

“we always misunderstood ourselves, and rarely understood others” ― Oscar Wilde

“Would you be in any way offended if I said that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection?” ― Oscar Wilde

“The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.” ― Oscar Wilde

“So with curious eyes and sick surmise We watched him day by day, And wondered if each one of us Would end the self-same way, For none can tell to what red Hell His sightless soul may stray.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I hope you hair curls naturally, does it? Yes, darling, with a little help from others.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To get back one's youth one has merely to repeat one's follies.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A beautiful woman risking everything for a mad passion. A few wild weeks of happiness cut short by a hideous, treacherous crime. Months of voiceless agony, and then a child born in pain. The mother snatched away by death, the boy left to solitude and the tyranny of an old and loveless man. Yes, it was an interesting background. It posed the lad, made him more perfect as it were. Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” ― Oscar Wilde

“When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says.” ― Oscar Wilde

“She lives in the poetry she cannot write.” ― Oscar Wilde

“LORD ILLINGWORTH: The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. MRS ALLONBY: And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Love is not fashionable anymore; the poets have killed it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“LADY BRACKNELL. May I ask if it is in this house that your invalid friend Mr. Bunbury resides? ALGERNON. [Stammering.] Oh! No! Bunbury doesn't live here. Bunbury is somewhere else at present. In fact, Bunbury is dead, LADY BRACKNELL. Dead! When did Mr. Bunbury die? His death must have been extremely sudden. ALGERNON. [Airily.] Oh! I killed Bunbury this afternoon. I mean poor Bunbury died this afternoon. LADY BRACKNELL. What did he die of? ALGERNON. Bunbury? Oh, he was quite exploded. LADY BRACKNELL. Exploded! Was he the victim of a revolutionary outrage? I was not aware that Mr. Bunbury was interested in social legislation. If so, he is well punished for his morbidity. ALGERNON. My dear Aunt Augusta, I mean he was found out! The doctors found out that Bunbury could not live, that is what I mean - so Bunbury died. LADY BRACKNELL. He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians. I am glad, however, that he made up his mind at the last to some definite course of action, and acted under proper medical advice. And now that we have finally got rid of this Mr. Bunbury, may I ask, Mr. Worthing, who is that young person whose hand my nephew Algernon is now holding in what seems to me a peculiarly unnecessary manner?” ― Oscar Wilde

“Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Pleasure is the only thing one should live for, nothing ages like happiness.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding.” ― Oscar Wilde

“And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point of view, it is usually a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Life cheats us with shadows. We ask it for pleasure. It gives it to us with bitterness and disappointment in its train.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You can have your secret as long as I have your heart[.]” ― Oscar Wilde

“The world seemed to me fine because you were in it, and goodness more real because you lived.” ― Oscar Wilde

“When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Literature always anticipates life. It doesn't copy it but moulds it to it's purpose.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I cannot choose one hundred best books because I have only written five” ― Oscar Wilde

“Experience is a question of instinct about life.” ― Oscar Wilde

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

“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

“It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I'm too old to know everything” ― Oscar Wilde

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Circumstances should never alter principles!” ― Oscar Wilde

“In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Bad artists always admire each others work.” ― Oscar Wilde

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

“It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Lady Bracknell. Good afternoon, dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving very well. Algernon. I’m feeling very well, Aunt Augusta. Lady Bracknell. That’s not quite the same thing. In fact the two things rarely go together.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A man who takes himself too seriously will find that no one else takes him seriously.” ― Oscar Wilde

“How pale the Princess is! Never have I seen her so pale. She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver.” ― Oscar Wilde

“When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me. Indeed, when I am in really great trouble, as any one who knows me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink. At the present moment I am eating muffins because I am unhappy. Besides, I am particularly fond of muffins.” ― Oscar Wilde