Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who be in jail Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long.
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.
When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.
A simile committing suicide is always a depressing spectacle.
How does one cure the soul? Through the senses
Miss Prism: Do not speak slightingly of the three-volume novel, Cecily. I wrote one myself in earlier days. Cecily: Did you really, Miss Prism? How wonderfully clever you are! I hope it did not end happily? I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much. Miss Prism: The good ended hap
A publisher is simply a useful middle-man.
Be yourself, because others are already taken.
Art creates an incomparable and unique effect, and, having done so, passes on to other things. Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating this effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it.
If this is the way Queen Victoria treats her prisoners, she doesn't deserve to have any.
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
Live the wonderful life that is in you.
If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation.
It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven.
If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk. Oscar Wild
Even now I cannot help feeling that it is a mistake to think that the passion one feels in creation is ever really shown in the work one creates.
How clever are you, my dear! You never mean a single word you say!
As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. Oscar W
And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity's machine.
If people were meant to be nude, they would have been born this way.