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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Beauty (24 Quotes)


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  • When they entered they found, hanging upon the wall, a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty. Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognised who it was.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • But beauty, real beauty, ends where all intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes al nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. 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.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Genius lasts longer than beauty
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that Genius lasts longer than Beauty.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Beauty is a form of geniusis higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, orspringtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The fact is, the public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities. They use them as bludgeons for preventing the free expression of Beauty in new forms.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • A damsel is a genius in the daytime and a beauty at night.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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