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Famous Oscar Wilde Quotes and Sayings
Motivational Quotes by the famous Irish born
poet and novelist Oscar Wilde
born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills
Wilde - Dublin, Ireland - 16th of October,
1854 / Died France, 30th of November, 1900
Popular Oscar Wilde writings include "The
Ballad of Reading Gaol", "An Ideal
Husband", "Salome" and "The
Importance of Being Earnest".
+ Life imitates art far more than art imitates
+ I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied
with the best.
+ It is through art, and through art only, that
we can realize our perfection; through art and
art only that we can shield ourselves from the
sordid perils of actual existence.
+ Education is an admirable thing. But it is well
to remember from time to time that nothing that
is worth knowing can be taught.
+ Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
+ Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable
that we have to alter it every six months.
The only excuse for making a useless thing is
that one admires it immensely. All art is useless.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing
to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
No great artist ever sees things as they really
are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
+ A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and
a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
+ Life is far too important a thing ever to talk
seriously about it.
+ I put all my genius into my life; I put only
my talent into my works.
+ I am the only person in the world I should like
to know thoroughly.
+ One should absorb the colour of life, but one
should never remember its details. Details are
The true mystery of the world is the visible,
not the invisible.
+ All art is at once surface and symbol. Those
who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
+ Most people are other people. Their thoughts
are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry,
their passions a quotation.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is
a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
+ What a pity that in life we only get our lessons
when they are of no use to us.
+ I am but too conscious of the fact that we are
born in an age when only the dull are treated
seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.
+ Nowadays people know the price of everything
and the value of nothing.
+ I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful
thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.
+ Man is least himself when he talks in his own
person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you
+ A thing is not necessarily true because a man
dies for it.