Oscar Wilde Quotes [7]

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. ~Oscar Wilde

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up. ~Oscar Wilde

To be popular one must be a mediocrity. ~Oscar Wilde

To define is to limit. ~Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. ~Oscar Wilde

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. ~Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. ~Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ~Oscar Wilde

To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. ~Oscar Wilde

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level. ~Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~Oscar Wilde

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. ~Oscar Wilde

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. ~Oscar Wilde

We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes... ~Oscar Wilde

What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? ~Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise ~Oscar Wilde

When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs. ~Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die, they go to Paris. ~Oscar Wilde

When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. ~Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. ~Oscar Wilde

When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. ~Oscar Wilde

When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy. ~Oscar Wilde

When you really want love you will find it waiting for you. ~Oscar Wilde

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives. ~Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. ~Oscar Wilde

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground. ~Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others. ~Oscar Wilde

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? ~Oscar Wilde

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. ~Oscar Wilde

Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders. ~Oscar Wilde

Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. ~Oscar Wilde

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects. ~Oscar Wilde

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words? ~Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. ~Oscar Wilde

Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is. ~Oscar Wilde

Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. ~Oscar Wilde

You are more to me than any of them has any idea; you are the atmosphere of beauty through which I see life; you are the incarnation of all lovely things...I think of you day and night. 212 Letter to Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas ~Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated. ~Oscar Wilde

You didn't know it then-you know it now. ~Oscar Wilde

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. ~Oscar Wilde

You have killed my love. You used to stir my imagination. Now you don't even stir my curiosity. You simply produce no effect. I loved you because you were marvelous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realized the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art. You have thrown it all away. You are shallow and stupid ~Oscar Wilde

You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know. ~Oscar Wilde

You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one. ~Oscar Wilde

You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? ~Oscar Wilde

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. ~Oscar Wilde

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