100 Most Famous Quotes By Oscar Wilde, The Author Of The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Victorian era saw the domination of art in its various forms. Painters, sculptors, writers, and artists gave a whole new definition to art. Literature too took a front seat as there were novelists, poets, essayist, critic and playwrights who made Victorian era the period of thriving literature. And while talking about playwrights, the name of Oscar Wilde comes to the forefront. He was by far one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian era. A proponent of the Aesthetic movement of the 19
th century, he emphasized aesthetic values more than moral or social themes. He advocated art for art’s sake. In his lifetime he wrote nine plays, one novel, and numerous poems, short stories, and essays. Amongst his most famous works include the poem, ‘The Ballad of the Reading Gaol’, the novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and the play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. He also came up with the comic masterpiece ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’. Literary accomplishments apart, Wilde was famous for his wit and flamboyance with men. He was tried and imprisoned for his homosexual relationship with the son of an aristocrat. Coming back to his literary endeavours, Wilde’s greatness can be felt in his quotes that give a new perception about life. Check this section and find quotes by Oscar Wilde.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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. You can never be overdressed or overeducated. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. A good friend will always stab you in the front. I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there. Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary. Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. I am not young enough to know everything. The heart was made to be broken. You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. I can resist anything except temptation. A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his. Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Who, being loved, is poor? To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. I have nothing to declare except my genius. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. I am too fond of reading books to care to write them. A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations. Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success. Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike. To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. I like men who have a future and women who have a past. 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 The world is a stage and the play is badly cast. Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed. I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life. 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 There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different. The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Nowadays 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. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Everything in moderation, including moderation. Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer. There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. 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. There is no sin except stupidity. The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance. Some things are more precious because they don't last long. Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do. I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself. The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.
Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.
Life is too short to learn German
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.