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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Soul (16 Quotes)


  • I was dominated, soul, brain, and power by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Unconsciously he defines for me the lines of a fresh new school, a school that is to have in it all the passion of the romantic spirit, all the perfection of the spirit that is Greek. The harmony of soul and body - how much that is! We in our madness have separated the two, and have invented a realism that is vulgar, an ideality that is void. Harry! If only you knew what Dorian Gray is to me!
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Why should he watch the hideous corruption of his soul?
    (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)

  • 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)

  • Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy. . .
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • How strange a thing this is The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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    More Oscar Wilde Quotations (By Book Titles)


    - The Importance of Being Earnest
    - The Picture of Dorian Gray

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