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  Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  I am not young enough to know everything.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The English country gentleman galloping after the fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You can never be overdressed or overeducated.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Life's aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one. It is quite dreadful. It makes one so nervous about the future.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dont want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Good looks are a snare that every sensible man would like to be caught in.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There are many things that we would throw away, if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Everything you have said today seems to me excessively immoral. It has been most interesting, listening to you.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel certain that they mean something else.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The world is simply divided into two classes - those who believe the incredible, like the public - and those who do the improbable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When good Americans die, they go to Paris.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A man cannot be too careful in his choice of enemies.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live; to be lulled into security is to die.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I have nothing to declare except my genius.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Give me the luxuries and anyone else can have the necessaries.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You dont love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  A good friend will always stab you in the front.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Paradoxically though it may seem, it is nonetheless true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I never travel without my diary. One must always have something sensational to read on the train.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is no sin except stupidity.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  After the first glass of absinthe, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Who, being loved, is poor?  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Poets know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is always nice to be expected and not to arrive.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself, can end sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  With regard to modern journalists, they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  No man should have a secret from his wife - she invariably finds it out.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect for dyed hair.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should never take sides in anything. Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything and people who know absolutely nothing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I may have said the same thing before... But my explanation, I am sure, will always be different.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I am afraid that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters all the same.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is what you read when you dont have to that determines what you will be when you cant help it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women give to men the very gold of their lives. But they invariably want it back in small change.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  None of us can stand other people who have the same faults as ourselves.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I am so clever that sometimes I dont understand a single word of what I am saying.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.  
 -  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
  

  Life is never fair. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Men become old, but they never become good.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - ah! - there is the sting of life!  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If we men married the women we deserve we should have a very bad time of it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Oh, I am so glad you've come. There are a hundred things I want not to say to you.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The world has always laughed at its own tragedies, that being the only way in which it has been able to bear them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  England will never be civilized until she has added Utopia to her dominions.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Work is the curse of the drinking classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  But the past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  It is always more difficult to destroy than to create, and when what one has to destroy is vulgarity and stupidity, the task of destruction needs not merely courage but also contempt.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I can resist anything except temptation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A woman's life revolves in curves of emotion. It is upon lines of intellect that a man's life progresses.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Geniuses... are always talking about themselves, when I want them to be thinking about me.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To have been well brought up is a great drawback nowadays. It shuts one out from so much.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any good to oneself.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A good reputation is one of the many annoyances to which I have never been subjected.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The value of the telephone is the value of what two people have to say.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I am sick of women who love me. Women who hate me are much more interesting.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  She'll never love you unless you are always at her heels; women like to be bothered.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself dont interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  Dont be conceited about your bad qualities. You may lose them as you grow old.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I think that it is better to be beautiful than to be good. But on the other hand, no one is more ready than I am to acknowledge that it is better to be good than to be ugly.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I rely on you to misinterpret me.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should always play fairly - when one has the winning cards.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrender.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of man is great.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dont like principles... I prefer prejudices.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dont know that women are always rewarded for being charming. I think they are usually punished for it!  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our own gigantic intellects.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to oblivion. They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The aim of most of our modern novelists seems to be, not to write good novels, but to write novels that will do good.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is much more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it. In the sphere of actual life that is of course obvious. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To get back one's youth, one has merely to repeat one's follies.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  No man is rich enough to buy back his past.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invaribly her husband.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When we are happy we are always good but when we are good we are not always happy.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is no sin except stupidity.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is not the perfect but the imperfect who have need of love.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dont want money. It is only people who pay their bills who want that, and I never pay mine.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Punctuality is the thief of time - I am not punctual myself, but I do like punctuality in others.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious; both are disappointed.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Moderation is a sensible thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  Women are not meant to judge us, but to forgive us when we need forgiveness. Pardon, not punishment, is their mission.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  Life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate in farce.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or nation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should never pay too high a price for any sensation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should believe evil of everyone, until, of course, people are found out to be good. But that requires a great deal of investigation nowadays.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is personalities, not principles, that move the age.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When men give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I wrote when I did not know life; now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no more to write. Life cannot be written; life can only be lived.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The newspapers chronicle with degrading avidity the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details of the doings of people of absolutely no interest whatever.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. A marriage in which there is love, but on one side only.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Young men want to be faithful and are not; old men want to be faithless and cannot.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Extraordinary thing about the lower classes in England - they are always losing their relations. They are extremely fortunate in that respect.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Gossip is charming. History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older they know it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I think that generosity is the essence of friendship.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is no less perfect than the last.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Never speak disrespectfully of society. Only people who cant get into it do that.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Give children beauty, not the record of bloody slaughters and barbarous brawls, as they call history, or of the latitude and longitude of places nobody cares to visit, as they call geography.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The worst thing you can do for a person of genius is to help him: that way lies his destruction. I have had many devoted helpers - and you see the result.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Dont be led astray into the paths of virtue.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then life comes crowding into one single hour.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I shall never make a new friend in my life, though perhaps a few after I die.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women - sphinxes without secrets.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Good taste is the excuse I have always given for leading such a bad life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is the confession, not the priest that gives us absolution.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is because humanity has never known where it was going that it has never been able to find its way.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dont desire to change anything in England except the weather.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar it will cease to be popular.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my life - I have put only my talent into my works.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dare say that if I knew him I should not be his friend at all. It is a very dangerous thing to know one's friends.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sexual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Genius is born, not paid.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If one really loves a woman, all other women in the world become absolutely meaningless to one.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is a very poor consolation to be told that the man who has given one a bad dinner, or poor wine, is irreproachable in private life. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrees.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I hate people who talk about themselves, as you do, when one wants to talk about oneself, as I do.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A sensitive person is one who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing what one says.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is always more brass than brains in an aristocracy.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The history of women is the history of 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
  

  Moderation is fatal thing. Enough is as bad as a meal. More than enough is as good as a feast.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. Women have a more subtle instinct about things: What they like is to be a man's last romance.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I love acting. It is so much more real than life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  That poetic school of artists who imagine that the true way of idealising a sitter is to paint someone else.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The mind of a thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other no dinner.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When a man acts he is a puppet. When he describes he is a poet.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Modern journalism, by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is one thing infinitely more pathetic than to have lost the woman one is in love with, and that is to have won her and found out how shallow she is.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never have time. They are always so occupied in being jealous of other people's husbands.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Being adored is a nuisance. Women treat us just as humanity treats its gods. They worship us and are always asking us to do something for them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Paradoxically though it may seem, it is nonetheless true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Poets know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relatives.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dare say that if I knew him I should not be his friend at all. It is a very dangerous thing to know one's friends.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Intuition is the strange instinct that tells a woman she is right, whether she is or not.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Ah, Mr Wilde, I passed your house this afternoon. Thank you so much.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The English country gentleman galloping after the fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite and leaves one quite unsatisfied. What more can one want?  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Life's aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one. It is quite dreadful. It makes one so nervous about the future.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Life is never fair. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Who, being loved, is poor?  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Don't be led astray into the paths of virtue.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is personalities, not principles, that move the age.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women are made to be loved not understood.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Every woman is a rebel.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The history of women is the history of 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
  

  Women give to men the very gold of their lives. But they invariably want it back in small change.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Intuition is the strange instinct that tells a woman she is right, whether she is or not.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  With regard to modern journalists, they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  After the first glass of absinthe, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Work is the curse of the drinking classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I love acting. It is so much more real than life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any good to oneself.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  I dare say that if I knew him I should not be his friend at all. It is a very dangerous thing to know one's friends.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other no dinner.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's relatives.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Work is the curse of the drinking classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Moderation is a sensible thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Everything you have said today seems to me excessively immoral. It has been most interesting, listening to you.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Life's aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one. It is quite dreadful. It makes one so nervous about the future.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The English country gentleman galloping after the fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Being adored is a nuisance. Women treat us just as humanity treats its gods. They worship us and are always asking us to do something for them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women give to men the very gold of their lives. But they invariably want it back in small change.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Gossip is charming. History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never have time. They are always so occupied in being jealous of other people's husbands.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The world has always laughed at its own tragedies, that being the only way in which it has been able to bear them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invaribly her husband.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Give me the luxuries and anyone else can have the necessaries.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I have a simple taste, only the best.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Men become old, but they never become good.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Good looks are a snare that every sensible man would like to be caught in.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - ah! - there is the sting of life!  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing what one says.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When good Americans die, they go to Paris.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself, can end sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I don't like principles... I prefer prejudices.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Never speak disrespectfully of society. Only people who can't get into it do that.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  No man should have a secret from his wife - she invariably finds it out.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite and leaves one quite unsatisfied. What more can one want?  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is always more difficult to destroy than to create, and when what one has to destroy is vulgarity and stupidity, the task of destruction needs not merely courage but also contempt.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is no sin except stupidity.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my life - I have put only my talent into my works.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel certain that they mean something else.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I don't desire to change anything in England except the weather.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is a very poor consolation to be told that the man who has given one a bad dinner, or poor wine, is irreproachable in private life. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrees.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  To get back one's youth, one has merely to repeat one's follies.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect for dyed hair.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Biography lends to death a new terror.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

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

  The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtures are not real to him. His sins, if there are such thing as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  A poet can survive everything but a misprint.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  In examinations, the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.  
 -  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
  

  I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.  
 -  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
  

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

  The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.  
 -  Oscar Wilde