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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Edmund Burke
Oscar Wilde Quotes
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
Oscar Wilde

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

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Oscar Wilde

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Oscar Wilde

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde

A true friend stabs you in the front.
Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Oscar Wilde

Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means.
Oscar Wilde

Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
Oscar Wilde

All art is quite useless.
Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Oscar Wilde

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Oscar Wilde

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Oscar Wilde

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Oscar Wilde

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

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.
Oscar Wilde

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Oscar Wilde

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

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.
Oscar Wilde

As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn't become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him.
Oscar Wilde

At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.
Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
Oscar Wilde

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

Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!
Oscar Wilde

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
Oscar Wilde

Biography lends to death a new terror.
Oscar Wilde

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

Charity creates a multitude of sins.
Oscar Wilde

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

Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.
Oscar Wilde

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.
Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Oscar Wilde

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative
Oscar Wilde

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

Each class preaches the importance of those virtues it need not exercise. The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor.
Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Oscar Wilde

Everything popular is wrong.
Oscar Wilde

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Oscar Wilde

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

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

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Oscar Wilde

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
Oscar Wilde

He hadn't a single redeeming vice.
Oscar Wilde

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
Oscar Wilde

He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
Oscar Wilde

He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

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

How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver.
Oscar Wilde

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

I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
Oscar Wilde

I have nothing to declare except my genuis.
Oscar Wilde

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

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

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

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

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
Oscar Wilde

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

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
Oscar Wilde

I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.
Oscar Wilde

If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.
Oscar Wilde

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
Oscar Wilde

If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself you rise from the table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified your days.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Oscar Wilde

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
Oscar Wilde

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
Oscar Wilde

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

In England people actually try to be brilliant at breakfast. That is so dreadful of them! Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
Oscar Wilde

In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust.
Oscar Wilde

In married life three is company and two none.
Oscar Wilde

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.
Oscar Wilde

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Oscar Wilde

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

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
Oscar Wilde

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
Oscar Wilde

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
Oscar Wilde

Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
Oscar Wilde

Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.
Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde

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

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.
Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
Oscar Wilde

Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.
Oscar Wilde

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.
Oscar Wilde

Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
Oscar Wilde

My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
Oscar Wilde

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Oscar Wilde

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Oscar Wilde

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.
Oscar Wilde

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
Oscar Wilde

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.
Oscar Wilde

Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner. Conscience makes egotists of us all.
Oscar Wilde

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.
Oscar Wilde

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.
Oscar Wilde

Of course America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
Oscar Wilde

Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris.
Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
Oscar Wilde

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
Oscar Wilde

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
Oscar Wilde

One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.
Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves.
Oscar Wilde

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Oscar Wilde

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Oscar Wilde

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
Oscar Wilde

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
Oscar Wilde

Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
Oscar Wilde

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.
Oscar Wilde

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Oscar Wilde

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
Oscar Wilde

She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
Oscar Wilde

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Oscar Wilde

Some of these people need ten years of therapy -ten sentences of mine do not equal ten years of therapy.
Oscar Wilde

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Oscar Wilde

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
Oscar Wilde

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
Oscar Wilde

The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
Oscar Wilde

The General was essentially a man of peace, except of course in his domestic affairs.
Oscar Wilde

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
Oscar Wilde

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.
Oscar Wilde

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilised being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.
Oscar Wilde

The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.
Oscar Wilde

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.
Oscar Wilde

The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Oscar Wilde

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Oscar Wilde

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

The security of Society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of Society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members.
Oscar Wilde

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Oscar Wilde

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.
Oscar Wilde

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
Oscar Wilde

The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.
Oscar Wilde

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
Oscar Wilde

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

There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, theother is to read Pope.
Oscar Wilde

There is no sin except stupidity.
Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.
Oscar Wilde

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
Oscar Wilde

There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose.
Oscar Wilde

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

These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

They afterwards took me to a dancing saloon where I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice- 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'
Oscar Wilde

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
Oscar Wilde

Those whom the gods love grow young.
Oscar Wilde

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.
Oscar Wilde

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

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

True friends stab you in the front.
Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Oscar Wilde

What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
Oscar Wilde

When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die they go to Paris.
Oscar Wilde

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
Oscar Wilde

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?
Oscar Wilde

Why was I born with such contemporaries?
Oscar Wilde

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
Oscar Wilde

Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Oscar Wilde

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!
Oscar Wilde

Type:
Dramatist
Date of Birth:
1854-10-16
Year of Death:
1900
Nationality:
Irish
 

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