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

“Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little often share.” ― Oscar Wilde

“LADY BRACKNELL To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I know he likes me. Of course I flatter him dreadfully. I find a strange pleasure in saying things to him that I know I shall be sorry for having said...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

“When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Many people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honor.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe, and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings sublte memories with it, a line from a piece of music that you had ceased to play--I tell you Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.” ― Oscar Wilde

“How long could you love a woman who didn't love you, Cecil? A woman who didn't love me? Oh, all my life!” ― Oscar Wilde

“I will not bare my soul to their shallow prying eyes. My heart shall never be put under their microscope.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You, who know all the secrets of life, tell me how to charm Sibyl Vane to love me! 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. My God, Harry, how I worship her!” ― Oscar Wilde

“هرکس آنچه را دوست دارد نابود می کند” ― Oscar Wilde

“My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter - a girl brought up with the utmost care - to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel?” ― Oscar Wilde

“Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life” ― Oscar Wilde

“You have always told me it was Ernest. I have introduced you to every one as Ernest. You answer to the name of Ernest. You look as if your name was Ernest. You are the most earnest-looking person I ever saw in my life. It is perfectly absurd your saying that your name isn't Ernest.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art” ― Oscar Wilde

“Because sometimes you have to do something bad to do something good.” ― Oscar Wilde

“this woman is a genius in the day time and a beauty at night” ― Oscar Wilde

“If people are dishonest once, they will be dishonest a second time. And honest people should keep away from them. (Lady Chiltern)” ― Oscar Wilde

“I quite agree with Dr. Nordau's assertion that all men of genius are insane, but Dr. Nordau forgets that all sane people are idiots.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I don't know how to talk. Oh! 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

“The bright dawn flooded the room, and swept the fantastic shadows into dusky corners, where they lay shuddering.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral - immoral from the scientific point of view.' 'Why?' 'Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here ofr. 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. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion - these are the two things that govern us. And yet [...] I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream - I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all maladies of medievalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal - to something finer, richer, than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. [...] We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us. ... 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, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I have always been of opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.” ― Oscar Wilde

“He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize” ― Oscar Wilde

“High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I wish you would tell me your secret. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Time is a waste of money.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of color in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play. I tell you Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.” ― Oscar Wilde

“We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. 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

“La única manera de librarse de la tentación es ceder ante ella. Si se resiste, el alma enferma, anhelando lo que ella misma se ha prohibido, deseando lo que sus leyes monstruosas han hecho monstruoso e ilegal” ― Oscar Wilde

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all” ― Oscar Wilde

“Salomé, Salomé, dance for me. I pray thee dance for me. I am sad to-night. Yes, I am passing sad to-night. When I came hither I slipped in blood, which is an evil omen; and I heard, I am sure I heard in the air a beating of wings, a beating of giant wings. I cannot tell what they mean .... I am sad to-night. Therefore dance for me. Dance for me, Salomé, I beseech you. If you dance for me you may ask of me what you will, and I will give it you, even unto the half of my kingdom.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.” ― Oscar Wilde

“All authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised. When it is violently, grossly, and cruelly used, it produces a good effect by creating, or at any rate bringing out, the spirit of revolt and individualism that is to kill it. When it is used with a certain amount of kindness, and accompanied by prizes and rewards, it is dreadfully demoralising. People, in that case, are less conscious of the horrible pressure that is being put on them, and so go through their lives in a sort of coarse comfort, like petted animals, without ever realising that they are probably thinking other people's thoughts, living by other people's standards, wearing practically what one may call other people's second-hand clothes, and never being themselves for a single moment.” ― Oscar Wilde

“But what world says that [I'm wicked]? It can only be the next world. This world and I are on excellent terms.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One of the great secrets of life. Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense and discover too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation” ― Oscar Wilde

“All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All lives, save loveless lives, true Love should pardon.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There are moments, psychologists tell us, when the passion for sin, or what the world calls sin, so dominates a nature, that every fibre of the body, as every cell of the brain, seems to be instinct with fearful impulses. Men and women at such moments lose the freedom of their will. They move to their terrible end as automatons move. Choice is taken from them, and conscience is either killed, or, if it lives at all, lives but to give rebellion its fascination, and disobedience its charm.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Good heavens! how marriage ruins a man! It's as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.” ― Oscar wilde

“I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am afraid that woman appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The Love that dare not speak its name" in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep, spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art like those of Shakespeare and Michelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, so much misunderstood that it may be described as the "Love that dare not speak its name," and on account of it I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man, when the elder man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him. That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it and sometimes puts one in the pillory for it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“My dear Algy, you talk exactly as if you were a dentist. It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produces false impression” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is always painful to part from people whom one has known for a brief space of time. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity, But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Life is terrible. It rules us, we do not rule it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“you will always love, and you will always be loved” ― Oscar Wilde

“All great ideas are dangerous.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Every single human being should be the fulfilment of a prophecy: for every human being should be the realisation of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Know thyself' was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, 'Be thyself' shall be written.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Nature....she will hang the night stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send word 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

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. But while I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does, I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I hope to-morrow will be a fine day, Lane. It never is, sir. Lane, you're a perfect pessimist. I do my best to give satisfaction, sir.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Cecily. This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade. Gwendolen. [Satirically.] I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different.” ― Oscar Wilde

“sorrow...is a wound that bleeds when any hand but that of love touches it” ― Oscar Wilde

“What a fuss people make about fidelity!" exclaimed Lord Henry. "Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.” ― Oscar Wilde

“When a golden girl can win Prayer from out the lips of sin, When the barren almond bears, And a little child gives away its tears, Then shall all the house be still And peace come to Canterville.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one’s prejudices.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Yes,’ he cried, ‘you have killed my love! You used to stir my imagination. Now you don’t even stir my curiosity. You simply produce no effect. I loved you because you were marvelous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realized the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art. You have thrown it all away. You are shallow and stupid. My God! how mad I was to love you! What a fool I have been! You are nothing to me now. I will never see you again. I will never think of you. I will never mention your name. You can’t know what you were to me, once. Why, once… Oh, I can’t bear to think of it! I wish I had never laid eyes upon you! You have spoiled the romance of my life. How little you can know of love if you say it mars your art! Without your art you are nothing. I would have made you famous, splendid, magnificent. The world would have worshiped you, and you would have borne my name. What are you now? A third-rate actress with a pretty face.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” ― oscar wilde

“You are a sceptic." "Never! Scepticism is the beginning of faith." "What are you?" "To define is to limit.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You silly Arthur! If you knew anything about...anything, which you don't, you would know that I adore you. Everyone in London knows it except you. It is a public scandal the way I adore you. I have been going about for the last six months telling the whole of society that I adore you. I wonder you consent to have anything to say to me. I have no character left at all. At least, I feel so happy that I am quite sure I have no character left at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You love the beauty that you can see and touch and handle, the beauty that you can destroy, and do destroy, but of the unseen beauty of life, of the unseen beauty of a higher life, you know nothing. You lost life's secret.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The curves of your lips rewrite history.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Young men want to be faithful, and are not. Old men want to be faithless, and cannot.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Beauty is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight,or springtime, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. 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...Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses. You will become sallow, and hollow-cheeked, and dull-eyed...Ah! realise your youth while you have it. Don't squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar...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...The world belongs to you for a season...how tragic it would be if you were wasted. For there is such a little time that your youth will last. The common hillflowers 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

“If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart” ― Oscar Wilde

“He covered page after page with wild words of sorrow and wilder words of pain. 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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“God knows; I won't be an Oxford don anyhow. I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Or perhaps I'll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then—who knows?—rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too.” ― Oscar Wilde

“How clever are you, my dear! You never mean a single word you say!” ― Oscar Wilde

“Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.” ― Oscar Wilde

“If I could get back my youth, I'd do anything in the world except get up early, take exercise or be respectable.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The aim of Love is to love: no more, and no less.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is no good talking to him," said a Dragon-fly, who was sitting on the top of a large brown bulrush; "no good at all, for he has gone away." "Well, that is his loss, not mine," answered the Rocket. "I am not going to stop talking to him merely because he pays no attention. I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." "Then you should definitely lecture on Philosophy," said the Dragon-fly.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am not at all cynical, I have merely got experience, which, however, is very much the same thing. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You are Beautiful when you are happy” ― Oscar Wilde

“My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They’re the only things we can pay.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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

“Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is.” ― Oscar Wilde

“What art seeks to disturb is monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.” ― Oscar Wilde

“We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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” ― Oscar Wilde

“Even things that are true can be proved.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Actual life was chaos, but there was something terribly logical in the imagination. It was the imagination that set remorse to dog the feet of sin. It was the imagination that made each crime bear its misshapen brood. 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

“Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is” ― Oscar Wilde

“If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Far away beyond the pine-woods,' he answered, in a low dreamy voice, 'there is a little garden. There the grass grows long and deep, there are the great white stars of the hemlock flower, there the nightingale sings all night long. All night long he sings, and the cold, crystal moon looks down, and the yew-tree spreads out its giant arms over the sleepers.” ― Oscar Wilde

“He is fond of being misunderstood. It gives him a post of vantage.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is no Mystery so great as Misery.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil, cried Dorian with a wild gesture of despair.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. World's had to be in travail, that the meanest flower might blow...” ― Oscar Wilde

“What is done is done. What is past is past." "You call yesterday the past?" "What has the actual lapse of time got to do with it? It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. 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

“Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.” ― Oscar Wilde

“We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. 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, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. 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

“Everyone quoted it, it was full of so many words that they could not understand.” ― Oscar Wilde

“She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Pleasures may turn a heart to stone, riches may make it callous, but sorrows cannot break it. Hearts live by being wounded.” ― Oscar Wilde Bestseller Novel

“With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols of things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he'll tell you the truth” ― Oscar Wilde

“Oh, I don’t care about Jack. I don’t care for anybody in the whole world but you. I love you, Cecily. You will marry me, won’t you? You silly boy! Of course. Why, we have been engaged for the last three months. For the last three months?” ― Oscar Wilde

“Harry," said Basil Hallward, looking him straight in the face, "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. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that influenced us. To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Then, and then only, does it comes into existence.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love. It is when we are wounded by our own hands that love should come to cure us. Else what use is love at all?” ― Oscar Wilde

“I like looking at geniuses and listening to beautiful people.” ― Oscar Wilde

“What a silly thing love is! It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything and it is always telling one things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true.” ― Oscar Wilde

“My existence is a scandal” ― Oscar Wilde

“The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world’s sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is very wrong to kill any one[.]" "Oh, I hate the cheap severity of abstract ethics!” ― Oscar Wilde

“People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I don't like compliments and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean.” ― Oscar Wilde

“How sad it is!" murmured Dorian Gray with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait. "How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June… . If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that—for that—I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!” ― Oscar Wilde

“I believe I am to have enough to live on for about eighteen months at any rate, so that if I may not write beautiful books, I may at least read beautiful books; and what joy can be greater?” ― Oscar Wilde

“It was the passions about whose origin we deceived ourselves that tyrannized most strongly over us.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror. We think that we are generous because we credit our neighbour with the possession of those virtues that are likely to be a benefit to us. We praise the banker that we may overdraw our account, and find good qualities in the highwayman in the hope that he may spare our pockets.” ― Oscar Wilde

“LORD ILLINGWORTH What do you think she'd do if I kissed her? MRS ALLONBY Either marry you, or strike you across the face with her glove. What would you do if she struck you across the face with her glove? LORD ILLINGWORTH Fall in love with her, probably.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Muffins should always be eaten quite calmly, as it is the only way to eat them!” ― Oscar Wilde

“In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Anybody can have common sense, povided that they have no imagination” ― Oscar Wilde

“tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play— I tell you, Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.” ― Oscar Wilde

“When I was young I thought money was the most important thing in life, now that I'm old - I know it is!” ― Oscar Wilde

“It was always once springtime in my heart.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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

“The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable!” ― Oscar Wilde

“When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realising what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all. I know that would be equally fatal. It would mean that I would always be haunted by an intolerable sense of disgrace, and that those things that are meant for me as much as for anybody else - the beauty of the sun and moon, the pageant of the seasons, the music of daybreak and the silence of great nights, the rain falling through the leaves, or the dew creeping over the grass and making it silver - would all be tainted for me, and lose their healing power, and their power of communicating joy. To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. 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

“Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities” ― Oscar Wilde

“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

“He hadn’t a single redeeming vice.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I have a business appointment that I am anxious... to miss.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion-these are the two things that govern us.” ― Oscar Wilde

“but the bravest man among us is afraid of himself” ― Oscar Wilde

“Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. The only pity was one had to pay so often for a single fault. One had to pay over and over again, indeed. In her dealings with man, Destiny never closed her accounts.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The living always think that gold can make them happy” ― Oscar Wilde

“Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world… And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was that I confined myself so exclusively to the trees of what seemed to me the sun-lit side of the garden, and shunned the other side for its shadow and its gloom.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I am completely penniless, and absolutely homeless. Yet there are worse things in the world than that.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Sometime you will find, even as I have found, that there is no such thing as romantic experience; there are romantic memories, and there is the desire of romance- that is all. Our most fiery moments of ecstasy are merely shadows of what somewhere else we have felt, or of what we long someday to feel” ― Oscar Wilde

“I really don't see what is so romantic about proposing. One may be accepted - one usually is, I believe - and then the excitement is ended. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is a fatality about good resolutions – that they are always made too late” ― Oscar Wilde

“Sins of the flesh are nothing. They are maladies for physicians to cure, if they should be cured. Sins of the soul alone are shameful.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.” ― Oscar Wilde

“the Garden of Death" "Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Neither at things, nor at people should one look. Only in mirrors should one look, for mirrors do but show us masks.” ― Oscar wilde

“What the artist is always looking for is the mode of existence in which soul and body are one and indivisible: in which the outward is expressive of the inward: in which form reveals.” ― Oscar Wilde

“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

“What a silly thing love is!' said the student as he walked away. 'It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. In fact, it is quite unpractical, and, as in this age to be practical is everything, I shall go back to philosophy and study metaphysics.' So he returned to his room and pulled out a great dusty book, and began to read.” ― Oscar Wilde

“MRS ALLONBY I adore them. The clever people never listen, and the stupid people never talk. HESTER I think the stupid people talk a great deal. MRS ALLONBY Ah, I never listen!” ― Oscar Wilde

“In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you” ― Oscar Wilde

“It was you I thought of all the time, I gave to them the love you did not need: lavished on them a love that was not theirs.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The supreme vice is shallowness.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor's craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. 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

“Weak? Oh, I am sick of hearing that phrase. Sick of using it about others. Weak? 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. There is a horrible, terrible courage. I had that courage.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It’s absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I think life too complex a thing to be settled by these hard and fast rules.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Well, the way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test reality we must see it on the tight rope. When the verities become acrobats, we can judge them.” ― Oscar Wilde

“My dear Arthur, I never talk scandal. I only talk gossip. What is the difference between scandal and gossip? Oh! Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I hate people who talk about themselves, as you do, when one wants to talk about oneself, as I do. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“If after I am free a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit. I can be perfectly happy by myself. With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?” ― Oscar Wilde

“Come, dear, [Gwendolen rises] we have already missed five, if not six, trains. To miss any more might expose us to comment on the platform.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Jack: Actually, I was found. Lady Bracknell: Found? Jack: Uh, yes, I was in... a handbag. Lady Bracknell: A handbag? Jack: Yes, it was... [makes gestures] Jack: an ordinary handbag.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. Only what is fine, and finely conceived can feed love. But anything will feed hate.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You have never been poor, and never known what ambition is.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I was wrong. God's law is only Love.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Death is a great price to pay for a red rose,” cried the Nightingale, “and Life is very dear to all. It is pleasant to sit in the green wood, and to watch the Sun in his chariot of gold, and the Moon in her chariot of pearl. Sweet is the scent of the hawthorn, and sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley, and the heather that blows on the hill. Yet Love is better than Life, and what is the heart of a bird compared to the heart of a man?” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is sweet to dance to violins When love and life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air!” ― Oscar Wilde

“One must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.” ― Oscar Wilde

“If this is the way Queen Victoria treats her prisoners, she doesn't deserve to have any.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Behind the perfection of a man's style, must lie the passion of a man's soul.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Friendship...is not something you learn in school,but if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship you really haven't learned anything.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Then she gave one last burst of music. The white Moon heard it, and she forgot the dawn, and lingered on in the sky. The red rose heard it, and it trembled all over with ecstasy, and opened its petals to the cold morning air. Echo bore it to her purple cavern in the hills, and woke the sleeping shepherds from their dreams. It floated through the reeds of the river, and they carried its message to the sea.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Everyone may not be good, but there's always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.” ― Oscar Wilde

“In the square below,’ said the Happy Prince, ‘there stands a little match-girl. She has let her matches fall in the gutter, and they are all spoiled. Her father will beat her if she does not bring home some money, and she is crying. She has no shoes or stockings, and her little head is bare. Pluck out my other eye, and give it to her, and her father will not beat her.’ ‘I will stay with you one night longer,’ said the Swallow, ‘but I cannot pluck out your eye. You would be quite blind then.’ ‘Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow,’ said the Prince, ‘do as I command you.’ So he plucked out the Prince’s other eye, and darted down with it. He swooped past the match-girl, and slipped the jewel into the palm of her hand. ‘What a lovely bit of glass,’ cried the little girl; and she ran home, laughing. Then the Swallow came back to the Prince. ‘You are blind now,’ he said, ‘so I will stay with you always.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking other people to live as one wishes to live.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A man who moralizes is a hypocrite, and a woman who does so is invariably plain.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I have got to make everything that has happened to me good for me” ― Oscar Wilde

“She has form," he said to himself, as he walked away through the grove - "that cannot be denied to her; but has she got feeling? I am afraid not. In fact, she is like most artists; she is all style, without any sincerity. She would not sacrifice herself for others. She thinks merely of music, and everybody knows that arts are selfish. Still, it must be admitted that she has some beautiful notes in her voice. What a pity it is that they do not mean anything, or do any practical good.” ― Oscar Wilde

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

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde

“You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Ordinary people waited till life disclosed to them its secrets, but to the few, to the elect, the mysteries of life were revealed before the veil was drawn away. Sometimes this was the effect of art, and chiefly of the art of literature, which dealt immediately with the passions and the intellect.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simple beasts.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The world is made by the singer for the dreamer.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Yes; poor Bunbury is a dreadful invalid. Well, I must say, Algernon, that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die. This shillyshallying with the question is absurd.” ― Oscar Wilde

“MISS PRISM Memory, my dear Cecily, is the diary that we all carry about with us.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. (Algernon in The Importance of Being Ernest)” ― Oscar Wilde

“Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my life...I have put only my talent into my works.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The artistic life is a long, lovely suicide.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To look wise is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier.” ― Oscar Wilde

“MRS ALLONBY Is she such a mystery? LORD ILLINGWORTH She is more than a mystery - she is a mood. MRS ALLONBY Moods don't last. LORD ILLINGWORTH It is their chief charm.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.” ― oscar wilde

“She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.” ― Oscar Wilde

“To be popular one must be a mediocrity." "Not with Women," said the duchess, shaking her head; "and women rule the world. I assure you we can't bear mediocrities. We women, as someone says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes, if you ever love at all." "It seems to me that we never do anything else," murmered Dorian.” ― Oscar Wilde

“She had a passion for secrecy, but she herself was merely a Sphinx without a secret.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Only love can keep anyone alive...” ― Oscar Wilde

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!” ― Oscar Wilde

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“Religion does not help me. The faith that others give to what is unseen, I give to what one can touch, and look at. My gods dwell in temples made with hands; and within the circle of actual experience is my creed made perfect and complete: too complete, it may be, for like many or all of those who have placed their heaven in this earth, I have found in it not merely the beauty of heaven, but the horror of hell also.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Man is complete in himself. When they go into the world, the world will disagree with them. That is inevitable. The world hates Individualism. But that is not to trouble them. They are to be calm and self-centred. If a man takes their cloak, they are to give him their coat, just to show that material things are of no importance. If people abuse them, they are not to answer back. What does it signify? 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 realise through that sin his true perfection.” ― Oscar Wilde

“LADY BRACKNELL 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. Lady Dumbleton is an instance in point. To my own knowledge she has been thirty-five ever since she arrived at the age of forty, which was many years ago now.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Love! What is love? It's nothing. It's just a word. It doesn't exist. Only pleasure is important.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. It is better not to be different from one's fellows. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live, undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Duty is what one expects from others.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I'll certainly try to forget the fact.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Death is a great price to pay for a red rose“, cried the Nightingale, "and Life is very dear to all. “ It is pleasant to sit in the green wood, and watch the Sun in his chariot of gold, and the Moon in her chariot of pearl. Sweet is the scent oft he hawthorn, and sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley, and the heather that blows on the hill. Yet Love is better than Life, and what is the heart of a bird compared to the heart of a man? ” ― Oscar Wilde

“The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one.” ― 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.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Youth is the only thing worth having.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous 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 dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one's life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Those who go beneath the surface, do so at their peril.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ― Oscar Wilde

“What are you?" "To define is to limit.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Do you know that I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world? Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art.” ― Oscar Wilde

“We know not whether laws be right Or whether laws be wrong All we know who lie in gaol Is that the walls are strong And each day is like a year A year whose days are long.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The long black nights, when the moon hides her face, when the stars are afraid, are not so black. The silence that dwells in the forest is not so black. There is nothing in the world so black as thy hair.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The world has become sad because a puppet was once melancholy. The nihilist, that strange martyr who has no faith, who goes to the stake without enthusiasm, and dies for what he does not believe in, is a purely literary product. He was invented by Turgenev, and completed by Dostoevsky. Robespierre came out of the pages of Rousseau as surely as the People's Palace rose out debris of a novel. Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It's absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The only thing I cannot resist is temptation.” ― Oscar Wilde

“LADY BRACKNELL Algernon is an extremely, I may almost say an ostentatiously, eligible young man. He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire?” ― Oscar Wilde

“Oh I can't explain. When I like people immensely I never tell their names to any one. 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 marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place” ― Oscar Wilde

“He wants to enslave you.' 'I shudder at the thought of being free.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Romance lives by repetition, and repetition converts an appetite into an art. Besides, each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. 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

“Requiescat Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life’s buried here, Heap earth upon it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. We reject the burden of their memory, and have anodynes against them. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. In some tiny ivory cell the brain stores the most delicate, and the most fleeting impressions.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I should fancy, however, that murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself. 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

“With subtle and finely-wrought temperaments it is always so. Their strong passions must either bruise or bend. They either slay the man, or themselves die. Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The loves and the sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude. ” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other - by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I never read a book I must review; it prejudices you so.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Then I am sorry I did not stay away longer I like being missed.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Nobody is worthy to be loved. The fact that God loves man shows us that in the divine order of ideal things it is written that eternal love is to be given to what is eternally unworthy. Or if that phrase seems to be a bitter one to bear, let us say that everybody is worthy of love, except him who thinks he is.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Millionaire models are rare enough; but, by Jove, model millionaires are rarer still!” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The fact is, that I told him a story with a moral.” “Ah! that is always a very dangerous thing to do,” ― Oscar Wilde

“The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment’s solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country” ― Oscar Wilde

“What nonsense people talk about happy marriages!" exclaimed Lord Henry. " A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The sky was pure opal now.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It would be unfair to expect other people to be as remarkable as oneself” ― Oscar Wilde

“Out of the sea will rise Behemoth and Leviathan, and sail 'round the high-pooped galleys... Dragons will wander about the waste places, and the phoenix will soar from her nest of fire into the air. We shall lay our hands upon the basilisk, and see the jewel in the toad's head. Champing his gilded oats, the Hippogriff will stand in our stalls, and over our heads will float the Blue Bird singing of beautiful and impossible things, of things that are lovely and that never happen, of things that are not and that should be.” ― Oscar Wilde

“We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it” ― Oscar Wild

“Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known” ― Oscar Wilde

“I don't know that women are always rewarded for being charming. I think they are usually punished for it!” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is 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 some one else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.” ― Oscar Wilde

“And when wind and winter harden All the loveless land, It will whisper of the garden, You will understand.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It's most dangerous nowadays for a husband to pay any attention to his wife in public. It always makes people think that he beats her when they are alone. The world has grown so suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life.” ― Oscar Wilde

“But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play— I tell you, Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Christ did not die to save people, but to teach people how to save each other. This is, I have no doubt, a grave heresy, but it is also a fact.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The longer I live, Dorian, the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us. In art, as in politics, les grand-pères ont toujours tort.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Moralists had, as a rule, regarded it as a mode of warning, had claimed for it a certain ethical efficacy in the formation of character, had praised it as something that taught us what to follow and showed us what to avoid. But there was no motive power in experience. It was as little of an active cause as conscience itself. All that it really demonstrated was that our future would be the same as our past, and that the sin we had done once, and with loathing, we would do many times, and with joy.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One's days were too brief to take the burden of another's errors on one's shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely - or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.” ― Oscar Wilde

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

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