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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Sin (15 Quotes)


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  • It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also. You, Mr. Gray, you yourself, with yourrose-red youth and your rose-white boyhood, you have had passions that have made you afraid, thoughts that have filled you with terror, day-dreams and sleeping dreams whose mere memory might stain your cheek with shame…
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • To influence a person is to give him ones own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one elses music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him.
    (Oscar Wilde)


  • The greatest of all sins is stupidity.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Starvation, not sin, is the parent of modern crime
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • 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)

  • Newspapers. . . give us the bald, sordid, disgusting facts of life. They chronicle, with degrading avidity, the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details. . .
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Charity creates a multitude of sins.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, the world would have been different.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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