Oscar Wilde

«The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development.»

Oscar Wilde


«Jemanden zu beeinflussen bedeutet, ihm eine fremde Seele zu geben.»

Oscar Wilde


«Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.»

Oscar Wilde


«Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better.»

Oscar Wilde


«Besides, every experience is of value, and whatever one may say against marriage, it is certainly an experience.»

Oscar Wilde


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

Oscar Wilde


«Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.»

Oscar Wilde


«But then one regrets the loss even of one's worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one's personality.»

Oscar Wilde


«It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears»

Oscar Wilde


«Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.»

Oscar Wilde


«The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.»

Oscar Wilde


«If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.»

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