Oscar Wilde

«An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.»

Oscar Wilde


«Even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others. Modern, no less then Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable.»

Oscar Wilde


«Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.»

Oscar Wilde


«Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everybody in good society holds exactly the same opinions.»

Oscar Wilde


«An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.»

Oscar Wilde


«Silently we went round and round,»

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


«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


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

Oscar Wilde


«In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.»

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


«Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.»

Oscar Wilde


«JACK: Yes, but said yourself that a severe chill was not hereditary.»

Oscar Wilde


«It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.»

Oscar Wilde


«They spoil every romance by trying to make it last for ever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.»

Oscar Wilde


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

Oscar Wilde


«I had buried my romance in a bed of asphodel.»

Oscar Wilde


«A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.»

Oscar Wilde


«No man is rich enough to buy back his past.»

Oscar Wilde


«Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.»

Oscar Wilde


«The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.»

Oscar Wilde


«Moral grounds are always the last refuge of people who have no sense of beauty.»

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


«Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.»

Oscar Wilde


«He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him.»

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


«If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.»

Oscar Wilde


«In the strangely simple economy of the world people only get what they give, and to those who have not enough imagination to penetrate the mere outward of things and feel pity, what pity can be given save that of scorn?»

Oscar Wilde


«Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.»

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