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Oscar Wilde Quotes

(1856-1900), British Author, Wit

Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.

Category: Class

The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.

Category: Colleges And Universities

In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one.

Category: Colleges And Universities

He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.

Category: Color

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.

Category: Color

Nowadays 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.

Category: Common Sense

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes.

Category: Compliments

A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.

Category: Confession

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.

Category: Confession

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Category: Consistency

Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! -- hang him!

Category: Conspiracy

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Category: Contradiction

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.

Category: Conversation

Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.

Category: Conversation

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist -- the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar.

Category: Cooking