Wednesday, November 12, 2008
a million quotes by uncle oscar all jumbled together, so many of them make me think of mark "a gentleman never hurts a person unintentionally" ?
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. 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 A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally. Oscar Wilde A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. Oscar Wilde A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. Oscar Wilde A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. Oscar Wilde A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. Oscar Wilde A poet can survive everything but a misprint. Oscar Wilde A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Oscar Wilde A true friend stabs you in the front. Oscar Wilde A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Oscar Wilde Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means. Oscar Wilde Alas, I am dying beyond my means. Oscar Wilde All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. Oscar Wilde All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic. Oscar Wilde All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. Oscar Wilde All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. Oscar Wilde Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. Oscar Wilde Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. Oscar Wilde America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar Wilde An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. Oscar Wilde Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion. Oscar Wilde Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing. Oscar Wilde Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. 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 Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. Oscar Wilde Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. Oscar Wilde Biography lends to death a new terror. Oscar Wilde By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde Charity creates a multitude of sins. Oscar Wilde Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. Oscar Wilde Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away. Oscar Wilde Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Oscar Wilde Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to. Oscar Wilde Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. Oscar Wilde Everything popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. Oscar Wilde Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. Oscar Wilde Hatred is blind, as well as love. Oscar Wilde He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. Oscar Wilde How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. Oscar Wilde How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive. Oscar Wilde I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. Oscar Wilde I can resist everything except temptation. 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 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 I have nothing to declare except my genuis. Oscar Wilde I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world. Oscar Wilde I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. Oscar Wilde I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. Oscar Wilde I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything. Oscar Wilde I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. 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 I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead. Oscar Wilde If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. 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 If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk. Oscar Wilde If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world. Oscar Wilde If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. 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 Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Oscar Wilde In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane. Oscar Wilde In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever. 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 In married life three is company and two none. Oscar Wilde In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin. Oscar Wilde It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information. Oscar Wilde It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Oscar Wilde It is always the unreadable that occurs. 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 It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. Oscar Wilde It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes. Oscar Wilde It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. Oscar Wilde It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection. Oscar Wilde It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. Oscar Wilde Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Oscar Wilde Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. Oscar Wilde Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable. Oscar Wilde Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. 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 Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty. Oscar Wilde No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde No man is rich enough to buy back his past. Oscar Wilde No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly. Oscar Wilde No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating. Oscar Wilde Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. Oscar Wilde Nothing is so aggravating than calmness. Oscar Wilde Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm. Oscar Wilde One can survive anything these days, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. 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 One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. Oscar Wilde One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. Oscar Wilde One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged. Oscar Wilde One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. Oscar Wilde Only the shallow know themselves. Oscar Wilde Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. 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 Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. Oscar Wilde Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. Oscar Wilde Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. Oscar Wilde Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. Oscar Wilde Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. Oscar Wilde Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement. Oscar Wilde Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. Oscar Wilde Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. Oscar Wilde Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Oscar Wilde Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. Oscar Wilde The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray. Oscar Wilde The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. Oscar Wilde The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. Oscar Wilde The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. Oscar Wilde The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. Oscar Wilde The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you. Oscar Wilde The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. Oscar Wilde The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. Oscar Wilde The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation. Oscar Wilde The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it. Oscar Wilde The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation. Oscar Wilde The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. Oscar Wilde The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life. Oscar Wilde The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. Oscar Wilde There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. Oscar Wilde There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us. Oscar Wilde There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies. Oscar Wilde There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love. Oscar Wilde There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad. Oscar Wilde There is no sin except stupidity. Oscar Wilde There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. Oscar Wilde There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about. Oscar Wilde There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose. Oscar Wilde There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else. Oscar Wilde There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better. 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 These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde Those whom the gods love grow young. Oscar Wilde To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. Oscar Wilde To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde True friends stab you in the front. Oscar Wilde We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. 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 When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her. Oscar Wilde When good Americans die they go to Paris. Oscar Wilde When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. Oscar Wilde When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives. Oscar Wilde Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. Oscar Wilde While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance. Oscar Wilde Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde Why was I born with such contemporaries? Oscar Wilde Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. Oscar Wilde Women are made to be loved, not understood. Oscar Wilde Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes. Oscar Wilde Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes. Oscar Wilde Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. Oscar Wilde Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde