Oscar Wilde Quotes

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly.

Oscar Wilde

Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not for delicate boys.

Oscar Wilde

To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders…It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.

Oscar Wilde

The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.

Oscar Wilde

People who love only once in their lives are. . . shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.

Oscar Wilde

People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.

Oscar Wilde

What a fuss people make about fidelity! Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.

Oscar Wilde

The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.

Oscar Wilde

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.

Oscar Wilde

An ordinary man away from home giving advice.

Oscar Wilde

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 forgive life, to be at peace.

Oscar Wilde

I forget what killed it. I think it was her proposing to sacrifice the whole world for me. That is always a dreadful moment. It fills one with the terror of eternity.

Oscar Wilde

The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.

Oscar Wilde

The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.

Oscar Wilde

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