Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, Intentions (1891).
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  • ''We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 17 (1891).
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  • ''Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, December 1894).
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  • ''To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Soul of Man under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, February 1890).
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  • ''His work was that curious mixture of bad painting and good intentions that always entitles a man to be called a representative British artist.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 19 (1891). Referring to Basil Hallward.
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  • ''Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).
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  • ''There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. (repr. 1895). The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).
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  • ''If they have not opened the eyes of the blind, they have at least given great encouragement to the short-sighted, and while their leaders may have all the inexperience of old age, their young men are far too wise to be ever sensible.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891). Speaking of the Impressionists. "Yet," he added, "they will insist on treating painting as if it were a mode of autobiography invented for the use of the illiterate."
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  • ''There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891).
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  • ''Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).
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Best Poem of Oscar Wilde

Flower Of Love

Sweet, I blame you not, for mine the fault was, had I not been made of common
clay
I had climbed the higher heights unclimbed yet, seen the fuller air, the
larger day.

From the wildness of my wasted passion I had struck a better, clearer song,
Lit some lighter light of freer freedom, battled with some Hydra-headed wrong.

Had my lips been smitten into music by the kisses that but made them bleed,
You had walked with Bice and the angels on that verdant and enamelled meed.

I had trod the road which Dante treading saw the suns of seven circles shine,
Ay! ...

Read the full of Flower Of Love

San Miniato

SEE, I have climbed the mountain side
Up to this holy house of God,
Where once that Angel-Painter trod
Who saw the heavens opened wide,

And throned upon the crescent moon
The Virginal white Queen of Grace,--
Mary! could I but see thy face
Death could not come at all too soon.

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