Oscar Wilde Quotes

There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.
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It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 8 (1891).
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Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Dorian Gray, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 17 (1891).
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I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 17 (1891).
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In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
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He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 4 (1891). Commenting on Lord Henry.
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In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisector, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Dramatic Review (London, May 23, 1885).
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The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-à-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891).
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Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
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There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 7 (1891).
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