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Oscar Wilde Quotes

(1856-1900), British Author, Wit

All art is quite useless.

Category: Arts And Artists

No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.

Category: Arts And Artists

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Category: Attitude

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

Category: Attitude

I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.

Category: Autobiography

By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful.

Category: Bachelor

Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.

Category: Bachelor

Beauty is a form of genius -- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.

Category: Beauty

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

Category: Beauty

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.

Category: Beauty

As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.

Category: Beggars

The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.

Category: Belief

It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.

Category: Bills

Formerly we used to canonize our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.

Category: Biography

There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

Category: Blame