Quotes by: Oscar Wilde

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Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Oscar Wilde
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.
Oscar Wilde
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
Oscar Wilde
Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.
Oscar Wilde
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
Oscar Wilde
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Oscar Wilde
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
Oscar Wilde
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
Oscar Wilde
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
Oscar Wilde
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
Oscar Wilde
In its primary aspect, a painting has no more spiritual message than an exquisite fragment of Venetian glass. The channels by which all noble and imaginative work in painting should touch the soul are not those of the truths of lives.
Oscar Wilde
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Oscar Wilde
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Oscar Wilde
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
Oscar Wilde
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