Oscar Wilde Quotes

Top 100 wise famous quotes and sayings by Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde quotes: Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art. Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art.
Oscar Wilde quotes: To toil for a hard master is bitter, but to have no master to toil for is more bitter still. To toil for a hard master is bitter, but to have no master to toil for is more bitter still.
Oscar Wilde quotes: All art is quite useless. OSCAR WILDE All art is quite useless. OSCAR WILDE
Oscar Wilde quotes: The moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist. The moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf. Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf.
Oscar Wilde quotes: The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance.
Oscar Wilde quotes: The only form of fiction in which real characters do not seem out of place is history. In novels they are detestable. The only form of fiction in which real characters do not seem out of place is history. In novels they are detestable.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Your days are your sonnets. Your days are your sonnets.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Reforms in Russia are very tragic, but they always end in a farce. Reforms in Russia are very tragic, but they always end in a farce.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Nothing is good in moderation. You cannot know good in anything until you have torn the heart out of it by excess. Nothing is good in moderation. You cannot know good in anything until you have torn the heart out of it by excess.
Oscar Wilde quotes: 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. 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.
Oscar Wilde quotes: LORD ILLINGWORTH. As George Harford I had everything I wanted. Now I have merely everything that other people want, which isn't nearly so pleasant. LORD ILLINGWORTH. As George Harford I had everything I wanted. Now I have merely everything that other people want, which isn't nearly so pleasant.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt. Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Tell me, when you are alone with him [ Max Beerbohm ] Sphinx, does he take off his face and reveal his mask? Tell me, when you are alone with him [ Max Beerbohm ] Sphinx, does he take off his face and reveal his mask?
Oscar Wilde quotes: Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays. Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women ... merely adored. Strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women ... merely adored.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
Oscar Wilde quotes: A beggar hates his benefactor as much as he hates himself for begging. A beggar hates his benefactor as much as he hates himself for begging.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Life makes us pay too high a price for its wares, and we purchase the meanest of its secrets at a cost that is monstrous and infinite. Life makes us pay too high a price for its wares, and we purchase the meanest of its secrets at a cost that is monstrous and infinite.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing. Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid, but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you. Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid, but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you.
Oscar Wilde quotes: My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as disgraceful as the way Gwendolen flirts with you. My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as disgraceful as the way Gwendolen flirts with you.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones. Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
Oscar Wilde quotes: I can resist anything but the temptation to make a clever witticism. I can resist anything but the temptation to make a clever witticism.
Oscar Wilde quotes: However, it is always nice to be expected, and not to arrive. However, it is always nice to be expected, and not to arrive.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful. Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm. Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Out of the black cave of time, terrible and swathed in scarlet, rose the image of his sin. Out of the black cave of time, terrible and swathed in scarlet, rose the image of his sin.
Oscar Wilde quotes: 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. 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.
Oscar Wilde quotes: And if life be, as it surely is, a problem to me, I am no less a problem to life. And if life be, as it surely is, a problem to me, I am no less a problem to life.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is
Oscar Wilde quotes: My wish isn't to mean everything to everyone but something to someone. My wish isn't to mean
everything to everyone
but something to someone.
Oscar Wilde quotes: I don't want to earn a living, I want to live. I don't want to earn a living, I want to live.
Oscar Wilde quotes: There is nothing like race, is there? There is nothing like race, is there?
Oscar Wilde quotes: The ability of the theist to misunderstand a thing is directly proportional to the obviousness of the thing. The ability of the theist to misunderstand a thing is directly proportional to the obviousness of the thing.
Oscar Wilde quotes: London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy. London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy.
Oscar Wilde quotes: He did not wring his hands, as doThose witless men who dareTo try to rear the changeling HopeIn the cave of black Despair. He did not wring his hands, as do
Those witless men who dare
To try to rear the changeling Hope
In the cave of black Despair.
Oscar Wilde quotes: The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Colonel. Can she read and write? Peter. Ay, that she can, sir. Colonel. Then she is a dangerous woman. Colonel. Can she read and write? Peter. Ay, that she can, sir. Colonel. Then she is a dangerous woman.
Oscar Wilde quotes: The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy. The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.
Oscar Wilde quotes: The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk. The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Marriage is hardly a thing one can do now and then, except in America. Marriage is hardly a thing one can do now and then, except in America.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it. Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.
Oscar Wilde quotes: I can believe anything provided it is incredible. I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
Oscar Wilde quotes: 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. 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.
Oscar Wilde quotes: It is better to repent a sin than regret the loss of a pleasure. It is better to repent a sin than regret the loss of a pleasure.
Oscar Wilde quotes: Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life
Oscar Wilde quotes: You told me you had destroyed it." "I was wrong. It has destroyed me. You told me you had destroyed it." "I was wrong. It has destroyed me.
Oscar Wilde quotes: God and other artists are always a little obscure ... God and other artists are always a little obscure ...
Oscar Wilde quotes: keep love in your heart keep love in your heart
Oscar Wilde quotes: It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you have ever done, It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you have ever done,
Oscar Wilde quotes: Life is too short to learn German Life is too short to learn German
Oscar Wilde quotes: When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her. When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.
Oscar Wilde quotes: It's either the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go. [These were his dying words.] It's either the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go. [These were his dying words.]
Oscar Wilde quotes: It is only very ugly or very beautiful women who ever hide their faces . It is only very ugly or very beautiful women who ever hide their faces .