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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Society & Civilization (16 Quotes)


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  • Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can't get into it do that.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The security of Society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of Society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members.
    (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)

  • She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.
    (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)

  • I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • I love London society I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Society often forgives the criminal it never forgives the dreamer.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Society produces rogues, and education makes one rogue cleverer than another.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Never speak disrespectfully of Society. Only people who can't get into it do that.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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