Oscar Wilde Quotes

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 2.
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Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 2.
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The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mr. Erskine, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891).
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A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in The Fireworks of Oscar Wilde, ed. Owen Dudley Edwards (1989). The Children of the Poets, Pall Mall Gazette (London, Oct. 14, 1886).
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A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3.
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Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1 (1893).
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The poet is the supreme artist, for he is the master of colour and of form, and the real musician besides, and is lord over all life and all arts.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Mr. Whistler's Ten O'Clock," Pall Mall Gazette (London, February 21, 1885).
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He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Czarevitch, in Vera, or the Nihilists, act 2. Referring to Prince Paul.
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There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3.
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As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1.
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