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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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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