Biography lends to death a new terror.
MRS ALLONBY Is she such a mystery? LORD ILLINGWORTH She is more than a mystery - she is a mood. MRS ALLONBY Moods don't last. LORD ILLINGWORTH It is their chief charm.
Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.
There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.
There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies. Oscar W
Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf.
memory, like a horrible malady, was eating his soul away
And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory; and grasp the tail that like a monstrous asp coils round your heavy velvet paws.
It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. I never quarrel with actions. My one quarrel is with words. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. Oscar Wild
Lord AUGUSTUS:(looking around) Time to educate yourself, I suppose. DUMBY: No, time to forget all I have learned. That is much more important.
Every woman is wrong until she cries.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
When one has never heard a man's name in the course of one's life, it speaks volumes for him; he must be quite respectable.
They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.
Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.
Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance.
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wild
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.
Whenever one has anything unpleasant to say, one should always be quite candid.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Well, I canâ€™t help going to see Sibyl play, even if it is only for an act. I get hungry for her presence; and when I think of the wonderful soul that is hidden away in that little ivory body, I am filled with awe." "You can dine with me to-night, Dorian, canâ€™t you?" He shook his head. "To night
All bad art is the result of good intentions.
Biography lends to death a new terror. Oscar W
Let us have no machine-made ornament at all; it is all bad and worthless and ugly.
Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. Oscar Wild