Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lecture, June 30, 1883, to students of the Royal Academy, London. Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991).
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  • ''London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognise them. They look so thoroughly unhappy.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lady Windermere, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 2.
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  • ''Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mabel Chiltern, in An Ideal Husband, act 2.
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  • ''I love London society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mabel Chiltern, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
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  • ''It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Art review (May 30, 1885).
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  • ''The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Lecture Delivered to the Art Students of the Royal Academy, June 30, 1883," Essays and Lectures (1908).
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  • ''Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Attributed. Last words as he lay dying in a drab Paris hotel room, recorded in variant forms in R.H. Sherard, Life of Oscar Wilde (1906) and Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde (1988).
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  • ''Nothing is impossible in Russia but reform.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Michael, in Vera, or The Nihilists (1880).
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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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Quantum Mutata

THERE was a time in Europe long ago
When no man died for freedom anywhere,
But England's lion leaping from its lair
Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
While England could a great Republic show.
Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
The Pontiff in his painted portico
Trembled before our stern ambassadors.

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