Oscar Wilde

Country Ireland
Born Monday, 30 November -0001
Quotes 439
He is a great irish poet.
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“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” Uncategorized
“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” Uncategorized
“Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.” Uncategorized
“She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. ” Uncategorized
“In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.” Uncategorized
“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” Uncategorized
“Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.” Uncategorized
“Misfortunes one can endure--they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults--ah!--there is the sting of life.” Uncategorized
“I love acting. It is so much more real than life.” Uncategorized
“Punctuality is the thief of time” Uncategorized
“When Oscar Wilde was asked in an interview to list his 100 favorite books he said he could not. When asked why, he replied, 'Because I have only written five.” Uncategorized
“Some things are too important to be taken seriously.” Uncategorized
“Illusion is the first of all pleasures” Uncategorized
“Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly -- that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to oneself. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion -- these are the two things that govern us.” Uncategorized
“I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.” Uncategorized
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.” Uncategorized
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” Uncategorized
“What of Art? -It is a malady. --Love? -An Illusion. --Religion? -The fashionable substitute for Belief. --You are a sceptic. -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. --What are you? -To define is to limit.” Uncategorized
“When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.” Uncategorized
“One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.” Uncategorized