Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • ''He thinks like a Tory, and talks like a Radical, and that's so important nowadays.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Erlynne, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 2.
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  • ''I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Ernest, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891). He continued, "which, however, is, no doubt, the true explanation of their popularity, as the English public always feels perfectly at its ease when a mediocrity is talking to it." In reply, Gilbert disagreed with Ernest's view of autobiography: "In literature mere egotism is delightful."
  • ''Civilisation is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 19 (1891).
  • ''The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Nineteenth Century (London, May 1885).
  • ''No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Portrait of Mr. W.H., ch. 1, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (July 1889).
  • ''All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Erskine, in The Portrait of Mr. W.H., ch. 1, First published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (July 1889).
  • ''Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 6 (1891).
  • ''Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991). "The Relation of Dress to Art," Pall Mall Gazette (London, Feb. 28, 1885).
  • ''A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). Erskine, in The Portrait of Mr. W.H., ch. 1, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (July 1889).
  • ''The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret.''
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 2 (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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