November 30, 2016

Oscar Wilde Quotes

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.”

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

“A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.”

“A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”

“A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain.”

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.”

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

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

“Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilization.”

“Ah! Don’t say you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.”

“Alas, I am dying beyond my means.”

“All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.”

“All trials are trials of one’s life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.”

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”

“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”

“Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

“Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.”

“An excellent man! He hasn’t an enemy in the world, and none of his friends like him.”

“An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.”

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

“An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.”

“Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.”

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.”

“Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.”

“Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.”

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

“As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.”

“As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.”

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

“As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.”

“Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.”

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

“Biography lends to death a new terror.”

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

“Charity creates a multitude of sins.”

“Charity, dear Miss Prism, charity! None of us are perfect. I myself am peculiarly susceptible to draughts.”

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

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”

“Clergymen and people who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation.”

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

“Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

“Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones.”

“Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.”

“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 tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”

“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”

“Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.”

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

“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

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

“Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sexual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change.”

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

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”

“Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.”

“Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.”

“Everything popular is wrong.”

“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.”

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

“EXPERT: An ordinary man away from home giving advice.”

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

“Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.”

“Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.”

“Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.”

“Hatred is blind, as well as love.”

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

“He hasn’t a single redeeming vice.”

“Hearts live by being wounded.”

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.”

“How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.”

“However, it is always nice to be expected, and not to arrive.”

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, the world would have been different.”

“I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don’t talk politics.”

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

“I am in a duel to the death with this wallpaper, one of us has got to go.”

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

“I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.”

“I can resist anything but temptation.”

“I can resist everything except temptation.”

“I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.”

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”

“I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.”

“I have nothing to declare except my genuis.”

“I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.”

“I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips.”

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”

“I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”

“I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.”

“I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.”

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

“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

“I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.”

“I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.”

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

“I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.”

“I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

“I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.”

“I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.”

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

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

“If one plays good music, people don’t listen and if one plays bad music people don’t talk.”

“If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.”

“If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.”

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.”

“If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.”

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

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

“In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.”

“In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.”

“In fact, the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people…. The Japanese people are… simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art.”

“In married life three is company and two none.”

“In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.”

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

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

“It is always the unreadable that occurs.”

“It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.”

“It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.”

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

“It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.”

“It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.”

“It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.”

“It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man’s deeper nature is soon found out.”

“It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”

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

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

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

“Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.”

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.”

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”

“Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.”

“Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.”

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

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.”

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man’s last romance.”

“Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.”

“Misery and poverty are so absolutely degrading, and exercise such a paralysing effect over the nature of men, that no class is ever really conscious of its own suffering. They have to be told of it by other people, and they often entirely disbelieve them.”

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”

“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.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.”

“My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.”

“Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.”

“No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.”

“No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.”

“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”

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

“Now, nothing should be able to harm a man except himself. Nothing should be able to rob a man at all. What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance.”

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.”

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”

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

“Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.”

“Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.”

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

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people’s lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type.”

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.”

“Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.”

“Sooner or later we have all to pay for what we do.”

“Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons.”

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.”

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

“The fact is, that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

“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.”

“The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.”

“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.”

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

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

“The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored.”

“The supreme vice is shallowness.”

“The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.”

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

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

“The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life.”

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”

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

“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.”

“There is no sin except stupidity.”

“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

“There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.”

“There is only one real tragedy in a woman’s life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.”

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

“There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better.”

“This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.”

“Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love’s tragedies.”

“Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.”

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

“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”

“To get back one’s youth one has merely to repeat one’s follies.”

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

“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 life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.”

“Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work’s the curse of the drinking classes.”

“True friends stab you in the front.”

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

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“We are the zanies of sorrow. We are clowns whose hearts are broken.”

“Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One must eat muffins quite calmly, it is the only way to eat them.”

“Whatever harsh criticisms may be passed on the construction of her sentences, she at least possesses that one touch of vulgarity that makes the whole world kin.”

“When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?”

“When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.”

“While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.”

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

“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 for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat.”

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

“Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.”

“Work is the curse of the drinking class.”

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes of this country.”

“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 coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword!”

“Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it.”