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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Age (17 Quotes)


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  • Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are! Except, of course, in the Church. But then in the Church they don't think. A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say when he was a boy of eighteen, and as a natural consequence he always looks absolutely delightful.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • It is personalities not principles that move the age.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age.
    (Oscar Wilde)


  • One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell anything.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The gods bestowed on Max the gift of perpetual old age.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • I was a man who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age.... The gods had given me almost everything. I had genius, a distinguished name, high social position, brilliancy, intellectual daring I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art I altered the minds of men and the colour of things there was nothing I said or did that did not make people wonder.... I treated Art as the supreme reality, and life as a mere mode of fiction I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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