Oscar Wilde Quotes

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Oscar Wilde

All great ideas are dangerous.

Oscar Wilde

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

Oscar Wilde

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

Oscar Wilde

The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.

Oscar Wilde

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.

Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

Oscar Wilde

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

Oscar Wilde

Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.

Oscar Wilde

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.

Oscar Wilde

Self denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity

Oscar Wilde

Self denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.

Oscar Wilde

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

Oscar Wilde

One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.

Oscar Wilde

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