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 :: 1856-1900, British Author, Wit

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A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?
~ Oscar Wilde - [Smoking]

 

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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.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Dreams]

 

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A kiss may ruin a human life.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Kisses and Kissing]

 

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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sincerity]

 

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A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Men and Women]

 

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A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Enemies]

 

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A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Moralists]

 

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A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Faces]

 

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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.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Confession]

 

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A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Ideals and Idealism]

 

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A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sensitivity]

 

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A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Pessimism]

 

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A poet can survive anything but a misprint.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sentiment]

 

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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Truth]

 

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A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Gentlemen]

 

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Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Taste]

 

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Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Action]

 

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Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Death and Dying]

 

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All art is quite useless.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Arts and Artists]

 

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