Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894). Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966).
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  • ''The fact is, that civilisation requires slaves.... Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralising. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. (repr. 1895). "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).
  • ''Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic—a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).
  • ''It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 17 (1891).
  • ''One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).
  • ''There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891, repr. 1895).
  • ''As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 4 (1891).
  • ''Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).
  • ''Conscience makes egotists of us all.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 8 (1891).
  • ''It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).

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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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Quantum Mutata

THERE was a time in Europe long ago
When no man died for freedom anywhere,
But England's lion leaping from its lair
Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
While England could a great Republic show.
Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
The Pontiff in his painted portico
Trembled before our stern ambassadors.

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