Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Oscar Wilde
“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
Oscar Wilde, The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde

Stephen Fry
“Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins - is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred's a subset of self pity and not the other way around - ' It destroys everything around it, except itself '.

Self pity will destroy relationships, it'll destroy anything that's good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it's so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be happier if only this, that one is unlucky. All those things. And some of them may well even be true. But, to pity oneself as a result of them is to do oneself an enormous disservice.

I think it's one of things we find unattractive about the american culture, a culture which I find mostly, extremely attractive, and I like americans and I love being in america. But, just occasionally there will be some example of the absolutely ravening self pity that they are capable of, and you see it in their talk shows. It's an appalling spectacle, and it's so self destructive. I almost once wanted to publish a self help book saying 'How To Be Happy by Stephen Fry : Guaranteed success'. And people buy this huge book and it's all blank pages, and the first page would just say - ' Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself - And you will be happy '. Use the rest of the book to write down your interesting thoughts and drawings, and that's what the book would be, and it would be true. And it sounds like 'Oh that's so simple', because it's not simple to stop feeling sorry for yourself, it's bloody hard. Because we do feel sorry for ourselves, it's what Genesis is all about.”
Stephen Fry

Oscar Wilde
“How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless."

"Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them."

"I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde
“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“Hearts Live By Being Wounded”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“It is perfectly monstrous,' he said, at last, 'the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“She...can talk brillantly upon any subject provided she knows nothing about it.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“I drink to separate my body from my soul.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.”
Oscar Wilde

E.M. Forster
“I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.”
E.M. Forster, Maurice

Oscar Wilde
“I'm a man of simple tastes. I'm always satisfied with the best.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live-- undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are-- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks-- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“She lives the poetry she cannot write.”
Oscar Wilde

Dorothy Parker
[On Oscar Wilde:]

"If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.

[Life Magazine, June 2, 1927]”
Dorothy Parker

Oscar Wilde
“Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“As for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”
Oscar Wilde

G.K. Chesterton
“Oscar Wilde said that sunsets were not valued because we could not pay for sunsets. But Oscar Wilde was wrong; we can pay for sunsets. We can pay for them by not being Oscar Wilde.”
G. K. Chesterton

Oscar Wilde
“So with curious eyes and sick surmise
We watched him day by day,
And wondered if each one of us
Would end the self-same way,
For none can tell to what red Hell
His sightless soul may stray.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“because to influence a person is to give one's own soul.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one’s prejudices.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Cassandra Clare
“You look ill,” Matthew observed. “Is it my dancing? Is it me personally?”
“Perhaps I’m nervous,” she said. “Lucie did say you didn’t like many people.”
Matthew gave a sharp, startled laugh, before schooling his face back into a look of lazy amusement. “Did she? Lucie’s a chatterbox.”
“But not a liar,” she said.
“Well, fear not. I do not dislike you. I hardly know you,” said Matthew. “I do know your brother. He made my life miserable at school, and Christopher’s, and James’s.”
“Alastair and I are very different,” Cordelia said. She didn’t want to say more than that. It felt disloyal to Alastair. “I like Oscar Wilde, for instance, and he does not.”
The corner of Matthew’s mouth curled up. “I see you go directly for the soft underbelly, Cordelia Carstairs. Have you really read Oscar’s work?”
“Just Dorian Gray,” Cordelia confessed. “It gave me nightmares.”
“I should like to have a portrait in the attic,” Matthew mused, “that would show all my sins, while I stayed young and beautiful. And not only for sinning purposes—imagine being able to try out new fashions on it. I could paint the portrait’s hair blue and see how it looks.”
“You don’t need a portrait. You are young and beautiful,” Cordelia pointed out.
“Men are not beautiful. Men are handsome,” objected Matthew.
“Thomas is handsome. You are beautiful,” said Cordelia, feeling the imp of the perverse stealing over her. Matthew was looking stubborn. “James is beautiful too,” she added.
“He was a very unprepossessing child,” said Matthew. “Scowly, and he hadn’t grown into his nose.”
“He’s grown into everything now,” Cordelia said.
Matthew laughed, again as if he was surprised to be doing it. “That was a very shocking observation, Cordelia Carstairs. I am shocked.”
Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold

Jamie O'Neill
“Damn it all, MacMurrough, are you telling me you are an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort?’
‘If you mean am I Irish, the answer is yes.”
Jamie O'Neill, At Swim, Two Boys

Oscar Wilde
“Anybody can have common sense, povided that they have no imagination”
Oscar Wilde, Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast

Oscar Wilde
“What nonsense people talk about happy marriages!" exclaimed Lord Henry. " A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.”
oscar wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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