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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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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