Oscar Wilde Quotes

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow

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

His morality is all sympathy, just what morality should be

Oscar Wilde

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground

Oscar Wilde

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.

Oscar Wilde

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

Oscar Wilde

In all pointed sentences some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.

Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything: the young know everything.

Oscar Wilde

There is luxury in self reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

Oscar Wilde

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.

Oscar Wilde

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

Oscar Wilde

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.

Oscar Wilde

That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.

Oscar Wilde

I have made an important discovery... that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effect of intoxication.

Oscar Wilde

Argument are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

Oscar Wilde

I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.

Oscar Wilde

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