Oscar Wilde Quotes

Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.

Oscar Wilde

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.

Oscar Wilde

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

Oscar Wilde

Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a nice plump missionary.

Oscar Wilde

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

Oscar Wilde

Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude.

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

To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.

Oscar Wilde

One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

Oscar Wilde

Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.

Oscar Wilde

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.

Oscar Wilde

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.

Oscar Wilde

In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.

Oscar Wilde

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

Oscar Wilde

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