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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 November 30, 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. One of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the ... more

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It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. (The Model Millionaire, 1912)

Een dichter kan alles overleven, behalve een misdruk.
Wat is het verschil tussen journalisme en literatuur? Journalisme is onleesbaar, literatuur wordt niet gelezen...
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
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.
Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
I can resist anything but temptation.
Circumstances should never alter principles.
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 civilisation.
I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about.
Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation.
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.
No, Ernest, don’t talk about action … It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
The muddle of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not.
The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
How fascinating all failures are!
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
Work is the curse of the drinking class.
Work is a refuge of people who have nothing better to do.
From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it.
Those whom the gods love grow young.
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Talent borrows, genius steals.
Experienceis only the name we give to our mistakes
Today,man knows the price of everything,and the value of nothing.
For the development of the race depends on the development of the individual, and where self-culture has ceased to be the ideal, the intellectual standard is instantly lowered, and, often, ultimately lost. If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself--a rare type in our time, I admit, but still one occasionally to be met with--you rise from table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified your days.
I have a theory that it is always the women who propose to us, and not we who propose to women. Except, of course, in middle-class life. But then the middle classes are not modern.
I don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
When people are tied together for life they too often regard manners as a mere superfluity, and courtesy as a thing of no moment; but where the bond can be easily broken, its very fragility makes its strength, and reminds the husband that he should always try to please, and the wife that she should never cease to be charming.
Divorces are made in Heaven.
Life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people.