Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''A poet can survive everything but a misprint.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in The Fireworks of Oscar Wilde, ed. Owen Dudley Edwards (1989). The Children of the Poets, Pall Mall Gazette (London, Oct. 14, 1886).
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  • ''A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3.
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  • ''Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1 (1893).
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  • ''The poet is the supreme artist, for he is the master of colour and of form, and the real musician besides, and is lord over all life and all arts.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Mr. Whistler's Ten O'Clock," Pall Mall Gazette (London, February 21, 1885).
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  • ''He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Czarevitch, in Vera, or the Nihilists, act 2. Referring to Prince Paul.
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  • ''There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3.
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  • ''As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1.
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  • ''Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him!—hang him!''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Czar, in Vera, or the Nihilists, act 2. Prince Paul replies, "Sire, you are anticipating history. This is Count Petouchof, your new Ambassador to Berlin."
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  • ''Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3.
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  • ''If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1.
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Best Poem of Oscar Wilde

The Ballad Of Reading Gaol

(In memoriam
C. T. W.
Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards
obiit H.M. prison, Reading, Berkshire
July 7, 1896)

I

He did not wear his scarlet coat,
For blood and wine are red,
And blood and wine were on his hands
When they found him with the dead,
The poor dead woman whom he loved,
And murdered in her bed.

He walked amongst the Trial Men
In a suit of shabby grey;
A cricket cap was on his head,
And his step seemed light and gay;
But I never saw a man who looked
So wistfully at the day.

I never saw a man who ...

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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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