Oscar Wilde


Famous Irish People: Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish quotes:
Oscar Wilde

  1. Biography lends to death a new terror.
  2. At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
  3. Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
  4. Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
  5. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
  6. A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
  7. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
  8. Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
  9. If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
  10. I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
  11. I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
  12. I am not young enough to know everything.
  13. I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
  14. Genius is born–not paid.
  15. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
  16. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
  17. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
  18. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.
  19. Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
  20. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
  21. One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
  22. One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
  23. Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.
  24. Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.
  25. Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
  26. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
  27. It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
  28. Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

Words of Wisdom from Oscar Wilde


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