Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.

Oscar Wilde

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

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

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.

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

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.

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

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly deceived.

Oscar Wilde

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