Quotes from Oscar Wilde


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The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.


Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.


Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.


True friends stab you in the front.


It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.


It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.


Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.


It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.


There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.


The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.


A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.


There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.


I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.


No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.


A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.


What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.


The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.


No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.


The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.


In married life three is company and two none.