Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
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  • ''Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
  • ''No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, preface (1891).
  • ''What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). From a letter to Lord Alfred Douglas following the scandal that ruined Wilde.
  • ''When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 4.
  • ''When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.
  • ''Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 11 (1891).
  • ''All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). Wilde was tried for homosexual practices in 1895, and served a two-year sentence with hard labor, during which De Profundis—Wilde's letter of confession and reminiscence to his lover—was written.
  • ''Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 4.
  • ''Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 2.

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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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Santa Decca

THE Gods are dead: no longer do we bring
To grey-eyed Pallas crowns of olive-leaves!
Demeter's child no more hath tithe of sheaves,
And in the noon the careless shepherds sing,
For Pan is dead, and all the wantoning
By secret glade and devious haunt is o'er:
Young Hylas seeks the water-springs no more;
Great Pan is dead, and Mary's Son is King.

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