Oscar Wilde Quotes [4]

I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational. ~Oscar Wilde

I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose! ~Oscar Wilde

If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated. ~Oscar Wilde

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. ~Oscar Wilde

If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life. ~Oscar Wilde

If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you. ~Oscar Wilde

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. ~Oscar Wilde

If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first. ~Oscar Wilde

Illusion is the first of all pleasures ~Oscar Wilde

In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. ~Oscar Wilde

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. ~Oscar Wilde

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. ~Oscar Wilde

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. (Mr. Dumby, Act III) ~Oscar Wilde

Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do. ~Oscar Wilde

Irony is wasted on the stupid ~Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. ~Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful then to be good, but it is better to be good then to be ugly. ~Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.... ~Oscar Wilde

It is perfectly monstrous,' he said, at last, 'the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true. ~Oscar Wilde

It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world ~Oscar Wilde

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ~Oscar Wilde

It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. And even more courage to see it in the one you love ~Oscar Wilde

It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. ~Oscar Wilde

Its a beautiful woman's fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes ~Oscar Wilde

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. ~Oscar Wilde

Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful. ~Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one. ~Oscar Wilde

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets. ~Oscar Wilde

Life is a nightmare that prevents one from sleeping. ~Oscar Wilde

Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play... I tell you, that it is on things like these that our lives depend. ~Oscar Wilde

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