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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Pleasure (26 Quotes)


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  • Perhaps in nearly every joy, as certainly in every pleasure, cruelty has its place.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can you want?
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment's solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • Human life--that appeared to him the one thing worth investigating. Compared to it there was nothing else of any value. It was true that as one watched life in its curious crucible of pain and pleasure, one could not wear over one's face a mask of glass, nor keep the sulphurous fumes from troubling the brain and making the imagination turbid with monstrous fancies and misshapen dreams.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I have never searched for happiness. Who wants happiness? I have searched for pleasure.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Love! What is love? It's nothing. It's just a word. It doesn't exist. Only pleasure is important.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The aim of the liar is simply to charm, to delight, to give pleasure. He is the very basis of civilized society.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • What between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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