oscar wilde

  • Life's aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one. It is quite dreadful. It makes one so nervous about the future.
  • Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless.
  • Life cheats us with shadows. We ask it for pleasure. It gives it to us, with bitterness and disappointment in it's train.
    In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants. The other is getting it.
  • Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.
    Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
  • A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
  • one can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
  • It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.
  • Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
  • The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
  • The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
  • Moderation is a fatal thing. . . . Nothing succeeds like excess.
  • Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.
  • One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
  • A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
  • True friends stab you in the front.
  • Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
  • Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
  • I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
  • The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
  • To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
  • Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.
  • I am not young enough to know everything.
  • I find that alcohol, when taken in sufficient quantities, can bring about the effects of drunkeness.
  • The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  • The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
  • The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
  • In America, the President reigns for four years, and journalism governs for ever and ever.
  • The difference between journalism and literature is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.