Quotes by: Oscar Wilde

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Art never harms itself by keeping aloof from the social problems of the day: rather, by so doing, it more completely realises for us that which we desire.
Oscar Wilde
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Oscar Wilde
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Oscar Wilde
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
Oscar Wilde
In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.
Oscar Wilde
There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.
Oscar Wilde
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
Oscar Wilde
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.
Oscar Wilde
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde
I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
Oscar Wilde
Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety and strangeness. Good people exasperate one's reason; bad people stir one's imagination.
Oscar Wilde
In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
Oscar Wilde
Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
Oscar Wilde
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Oscar Wilde
Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
Oscar Wilde
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
Oscar Wilde
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