Oscar Wilde Quotes

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.
Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
True friends stab you in the front.
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Yet each man kills the thing he loves,By each let this be heard,Some do it with a bitter look,Some with a flattering word,The koward does it with a kiss,The brave man with a sword
Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Biography lends to death a new terror.
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
Arguments are to be avoided they are always vulgar and often convincing.
I am not young enough to know everything.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
Morality, like art, means a drawing a line someplace.
Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Why was I born with such contemporaries
One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
I can resist anything but temptation.
Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness.
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.
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Only the shallow know themselves.
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
But what is the difference between literature and journalism ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
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.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
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 the choice of his enemies.
I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
Children begin by loving their parents as they grow older they judge them sometimes they forgive them.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
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.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck men risk theirs.
One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
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.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.
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