Oscar Wilde Quotes

What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). From a letter to Lord Alfred Douglas following the scandal that ruined Wilde.
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When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 4.
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When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.
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Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 11 (1891).
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All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). Wilde was tried for homosexual practices in 1895, and served a two-year sentence with hard labor, during which De Profundis—Wilde's letter of confession and reminiscence to his lover—was written.
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Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 4.
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Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 2.
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We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, preface (1891).
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We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). Wilde himself spent two years in prison.
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Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891).
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