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.
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

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! ...

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Le Panneau

Under the rose-tree's dancing shade
There stands a little ivory girl,
Pulling the leaves of pink and pearl
With pale green nails of polished jade.

The red leaves fall upon the mould,
The white leaves flutter, one by one,
Down to a blue bowl where the sun,
Like a great dragon, writhes in gold.

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