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.


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


Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.


She is a peacock in everything but beauty.


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