Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895) Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).
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  • ''No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted during Regina (Wilde) v. Queensberry (April 3, 1895). In answer to Edward Carson, Q.C., during Wilde's prosecution of the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel.
  • ''The State is to make what is useful. The individual is to make what is beautiful.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. 1895. "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).
  • ''No, Ernest, don't talk about action.... It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891).
  • ''A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 15 (1891).
  • ''While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in Dramatic Review (London, May 23, 1885).
  • ''I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891).
  • ''Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 19 (1891).
  • ''I don't like Switzerland; it has produced nothing but theologians and waiters.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in H. Montgomery Hyde, Oscar Wilde, ch. 9 (1976). Said during his exile in Europe.
  • ''Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. first published in The Fortnightly Review (Feb. 1891). The Soul of Man Under Socialism (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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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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