Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is no less perfect than the last.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Letter to the editor. Pall Mall Gazette (London, September 25, 1894).
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  • ''People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. (repr. 1895). "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review (London, February 1891).
  • ''All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).
  • ''Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891).
  • ''He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Pen, Pencil and Poison," Fortnightly Review (London, Jan. 1889).
  • ''Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Soul of Man under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, February 1890).
  • ''Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).
  • ''I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891).
  • ''In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Pen, Pencil and Poison," Fortnightly Review (London, January 1889).
  • ''Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891, repr. 1895).

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Best Poem of Oscar Wilde

Her Voice

THE wild bee reels from bough to bough
With his furry coat and his gauzy wing.
Now in a lily-cup, and now
Setting a jacinth bell a-swing,
In his wandering;
Sit closer love: it was here I trow
I made that vow,

Swore that two lives should be like one
As long as the sea-gull loved the sea,
As long as the sunflower sought the sun,--
It shall be, I said, for eternity
...

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Rome Unvisited

I.
THE corn has turned from grey to red,
Since first my spirit wandered forth
From the drear cities of the north,
And to Italia's mountains fled.

And here I set my face towards home,
For all my pilgrimage is done,
Although, methinks, yon blood-red sun

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