Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecily, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 3, Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894). Also appears in Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young.
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  • ''A kiss may ruin a human life.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Arbuthnot, in A Woman of No Importance, act 4.
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  • ''I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecily, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 2.
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  • ''Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 3 (1976). Wilde uttered similar words himself in responding to criticisms of his house as "vulgar," when he said, "Vulgarity is the conduct of others." Quoted in H. Montgomery Hyde, Oscar Wilde, ch. 3.
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  • ''The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Arbuthnot, in A Woman of No Importance, act 4.
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  • ''All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright and poet. The Importance of Being Earnest, act I (1895).
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  • ''I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
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  • ''Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.
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  • ''Mr. Whistler always spelt art, and we believe still spells it, with a capital "I."''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991). "The New President," Pall Mall Gazette (London, January 26, 1889).
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  • ''A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). A letter to Lord Alfred Douglas following Wilde's trial and imprisonment, written in prison.
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Best Poem of Oscar Wilde

Amor Intellectualis

OFT have we trod the vales of Castaly
And heard sweet notes of sylvan music blown
From antique reeds to common folk unknown:
And often launched our bark upon that sea
Which the nine Muses hold in empery,
And ploughed free furrows through the wave and foam,
Nor spread reluctant sail for more safe home
Till we had freighted well our argosy.
Of which despoilèd treasures these remain,
Sordello's passion, and the honied line
Of young Endymion, ...

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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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