Oscar Wilde said…

Reblogged from Interesting Literature

Oscar Wilde was born on this day, Oct 16,  in 1854. Below are ten of the best Wildean one-liners.


Oscar Wilde (author: anonymous), Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
– The Remarkable Rocket

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
– The Picture of Dorian Gray

To be really medieval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes.
– A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated

Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.
– The Remarkable Rocket

The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?
– De Profundis

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
– The Decay of Lying

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
– An Ideal Husband

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
– The Critic as Artist

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
– The Picture of Dorian Gray

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
– De Profundis

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1 Response to Oscar Wilde said…

  1. Widdershins says:

    He certainly had a way with words. 🙂

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