Oscar Wilde Quotes

Cecil Graham: What is a cynic? Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3 (1893). The same formula was used in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) ch. 4: "Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing."
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I love London society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mabel Chiltern, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
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And thus we rust Life's iron chain Degraded and alone: And some men curse, and some men weep, And some men make no moan: But God's eternal Laws are kind And break the heart of stone:
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish author. The Ballad of Reading Gaol (l. 601-606). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983) Oxford University Press.
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It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Art review (May 30, 1885).
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The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Lecture Delivered to the Art Students of the Royal Academy, June 30, 1883," Essays and Lectures (1908).
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He rides in the Row at ten o'clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you?
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mabel Chiltern, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
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I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). The Ballad of Reading Gaol, pt. 1, st. 3 (1898).
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Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Attributed. Last words as he lay dying in a drab Paris hotel room, recorded in variant forms in R.H. Sherard, Life of Oscar Wilde (1906) and Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde (1988).
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Better the rule of One, whom all obey, Than to let clamorous demagogues betray Our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Libertatis Sacra Fames ["Sacred Hunger for Liberty"]....
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Nothing is impossible in Russia but reform.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Michael, in Vera, or The Nihilists (1880).
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