Quotes by: Oscar Wilde

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A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
Oscar Wilde
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
Oscar Wilde
If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame.
Oscar Wilde
As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
Oscar Wilde
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
Oscar Wilde
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
Oscar Wilde
Let us have no machine-made ornament at all; it is all bad and worthless and ugly.
Oscar Wilde
Literature must rest always on a principle, and temporal considerations are no principle at all. For, to the poet, all times and places are one; the stuff he deals with is eternal and eternally the same: no theme is inept, no past or present preferable.
Oscar Wilde
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.
Oscar Wilde
There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.
Oscar Wilde
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
Oscar Wilde
The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.
Oscar Wilde
Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
Oscar Wilde
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde
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