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Oscar Wilde Quotes, Sayings

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I like looking at geniuses, and listening to beautiful people.
Oscar Wilde
An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Marchmont, Act 1

God knows; I won't be an Oxford don anyhow. I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Or perhaps I'll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then - who knows? - rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too.
Oscar Wilde
Asked his real ambition in life, after completing his education at Oxford

The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.
Oscar Wilde
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Oscar Wilde
Lady Windermere's Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
Oscar Wilde
The Decay of Lying

It is awfully hard work doing nothing.
Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
Oscar Wilde
The Soul of Man Under Socialism

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters and my enemies for their good intellects.
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Chapter 1

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
An Ideal Husband, Lord Goring, Act 1

I am dying as I have lived: beyond my means.
Oscar Wilde
On his deathbed drinking champagne, attributed

Men who are dandies and women who are darlings rule the world.
Oscar Wilde
The Model Millionaire

I am afraid that you have been listening to the conversation of someone older than yourself. That is always a dangerous thing to do, and if you allow it to degenerate into a habit, you will find it absolutely fatal to any intellectual development.
Oscar Wilde
The Critic as Artist

Why, what a wonderful piece of luck! Here is a red rose! I have never seen any rose like it in all my life. It is so beautiful that I am sure it has a long Latin name.
Oscar Wilde
The Nightingale and the Rose

He did not hate the Winter now, for he knew that it was merely the Spring asleep, and that the flowers were resting.
Oscar Wilde
The Selfish Giant

Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope.
Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest, Hester, Act 1

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 1

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Oscar Wilde
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

When good Americans die they go to Paris. And when bad Americans die, they go to America.
Oscar Wilde
A Woman of No Importance, Act 1

If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture, and I prefer houses to the open air. In a house we all feel of the proper proportions. Everything is subordinated to us, fashioned for our use and our pleasure.
Oscar Wilde
The Decay of Lying

Oh! I don't care about the London season! It is too matrimonial. People are either hunting for husbands, or hiding from them.
Oscar Wilde
An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Cheveley, Act 1

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Oscar Wilde - Irish writer and poet. He is best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the play The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as for his infamous arrest and imprisonment for being gay. He is also remembered for his humorous epigrams. Wilde was born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854, and died November 30, 1900.




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