Thursday, 16 August 2012

Time For Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

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

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

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

"When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers." Oscar Wilde

"I can resist everything except temptation." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." Oscar Wilde

"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities." Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quotes
Photograph taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.

Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States of America and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities of his day.
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"Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there." Oscar Wilde

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

"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

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

"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance." Oscar Wilde

"If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized." Oscar Wilde

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

"Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement." Oscar Wilde

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

"Why was I born with such contemporaries?" Oscar Wilde

"Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds." Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Oscar Wilde

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

"Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life." Oscar Wilde

"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." Oscar Wilde

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

"The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself." Oscar Wilde

"I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world." Oscar Wilde

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

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." Oscar Wilde

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

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." Oscar Wilde

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

"Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away." Oscar Wilde

"No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly." Oscar Wilde

"Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion." Oscar Wilde

"When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her." Oscar Wilde

"Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness." Oscar Wilde

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

"The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life." Oscar Wilde

"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast." Oscar Wilde

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

"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane." Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." Oscar Wilde

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror." Oscar Wilde

"There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad." Oscar Wilde

"Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are." Oscar Wilde

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes." Oscar Wilde

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

"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability." Oscar Wilde

"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose." Oscar Wilde

"One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be." Oscar Wilde

"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies." Oscar Wilde

"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead." Oscar Wilde

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life." Oscar Wilde

"No man is rich enough to buy back his past." Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

"Illusion is the first of all pleasures." Oscar Wilde

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

"The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world." Oscar Wilde

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

"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow." Oscar Wilde

"Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty." Oscar Wilde

"Only the shallow know themselves." Oscar Wilde

"There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies." Oscar Wilde

"While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance." Oscar Wilde

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." Oscar Wilde

"As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied." Oscar Wilde

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything." Oscar Wilde

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

"Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them." Oscar Wilde

"It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes." Oscar Wilde

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

"One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry." Oscar Wilde

"It is always the unreadable that occurs." Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

"True friends stab you in the front." Oscar Wilde

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

"Women are made to be loved, not understood." Oscar Wilde

"I have nothing to declare except my genuis." Oscar Wilde

"I am not young enough to know everything." Oscar Wilde

"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship." Oscar Wilde

"If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world." Oscar Wilde

"Everything popular is wrong." Oscar Wilde

"Ambition is the last refuge of the failure." Oscar Wilde

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." Oscar Wilde

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

"Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed." Oscar Wilde

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

"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction." Oscar Wilde

"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative." Oscar Wilde

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

"An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"Who, being loved, is poor?" Oscar Wilde

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

"Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives." Oscar Wilde

"Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects." Oscar Wilde

"In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever." Oscar Wilde

"One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged." 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

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

"In married life three is company and two none." Oscar Wilde

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." Oscar Wilde

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

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament." Oscar Wilde

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written." Oscar Wilde

"Hatred is blind, as well as love." Oscar Wilde

"The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation." Oscar Wilde

"Biography lends to death a new terror." Oscar Wilde

"Alas, I am dying beyond my means." Oscar Wilde

"A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her." Oscar Wilde

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

"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about." Oscar Wilde

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

"A poet can survive everything but a misprint." Oscar Wilde

"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." Oscar Wilde

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

"To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally." Oscar Wilde

"Charity creates a multitude of sins." Oscar Wilde

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

"No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating." Oscar Wilde

"How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive." Oscar Wilde

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

"There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about." Oscar Wilde

"There is no sin except stupidity." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." Oscar Wilde

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

"Those whom the gods love grow young." Oscar Wilde

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

"The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves." Oscar Wilde

"Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing." Oscar Wilde

"Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm." Oscar Wilde

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

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

"When good Americans die they go to Paris." Oscar Wilde

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." Oscar Wilde

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

"The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties." Oscar Wilde

"All art is quite useless." Oscar Wilde

"There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love." Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." Oscar Wilde

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

"What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying." Oscar Wilde

1 comment:

  1. Awesome.. Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories.Thanks for sharing