Oscar Wilde Quotes

In his very rejection of art Walt Whitman is an artist. He tried to produce a certain effect by certain means and he succeeded.... He stands apart, and the chief value of his work is in its prophecy, not in its performance. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. He is the herald to a new era. As a man he is the precursor of a fresh type. He is a factor in the heroic and spiritual evolution of the human being. If Poetry has passed him by, Philosophy will take note of him.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. review of Whitman, November Boughs, Pall Mall Gazette (London, Jan. 25, 1889).
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Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Vivian, in The Decay of Lying, published in Intentions (1891).
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Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gwendolen, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 1.
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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 (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 15 (1891).
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One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Rose-Leaf and Apple-Leaf: Envoi.
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It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Vivian, in The Decay of Lying, Intentions (1891).
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Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "House Decoration," lecture, 1882, published in Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991).
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Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Grey, ch. 1 (1891).
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Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Sir Robert Chiltern, in An Ideal Husband, act 2.
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I did but touch the honey of romance— And must I lose a soul's inheritance?
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish author. Hélas! (L. 13-14). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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