Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).
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  • ''They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 8 (1891).
  • ''A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894). Shortly afterwards, under cross-examination by Edward Carson, Q.C., during Wilde's prosecution of the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel (Regina v. Queensberry, April 3, 1895), Wilde explained this aphorism: "That would be my metaphysical definition of truth; something so personal that the same truth could never be appreciated by two minds."
  • ''Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891, repr. 1895).
  • ''What is mind but motion in the intellectual sphere?''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, Intentions (1891).
  • ''The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 4 (1891).
  • ''The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, Chameleon (London, December 1894).
  • ''Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, February 1891, repr. 1895).
  • ''There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891).
  • ''The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.''
    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

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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Santa Decca

THE Gods are dead: no longer do we bring
To grey-eyed Pallas crowns of olive-leaves!
Demeter's child no more hath tithe of sheaves,
And in the noon the careless shepherds sing,
For Pan is dead, and all the wantoning
By secret glade and devious haunt is o'er:
Young Hylas seeks the water-springs no more;
Great Pan is dead, and Mary's Son is King.

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