Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 7 (1891).
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  • ''Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Duchess of Berwick, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1.
  • ''There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 4 (1891).
  • ''Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.
  • ''There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 8 (1891).
  • ''It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 18 (1891).
  • ''The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women ... merely adored.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in The Ideal Husband, act 1.
  • ''We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 8 (1891).
  • ''In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Dumby, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3. George Bernard Shaw expressed a similar idea in act 4, Man and Superman, published ten years after Lady Windermere's Fan, when Mendoza says: "There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it."
  • ''Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891).

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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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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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