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  • You, who know all the secrets of life, tell me how to charm Sibyl Vane to love me! I want to make Romeo jealous, I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir their dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • You have always told me it was Ernest. I have introduced you to every one as Ernest. You answer to the name of Ernest. You look as if your name was Ernest. You are the most earnest-looking person I ever saw in my life. It is perfectly absurd your saying that your name isn't Ernest.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • He was trying to gather up the scarlet threads of life and weave them into a pattern; to find his way through the sanguine labyrinth of passion through which he was wandering.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Many people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honor.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • No theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The aim of life is self-development. To realise one's nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Yes, very sensible... People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passions are for the great of souls. Great events can only be seen by people who are on a level with them. We think we can have our visions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing visions have to be paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite moments.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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