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

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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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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