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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Time (14 Quotes)


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  • A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses.
    (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")

  • He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
    (Oscar Wilde)


  • Time is waste of money.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Punctuality is the thief of time.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • To be entirely free, and at the same time, entirely dominated by law, is the eternal paradox of human life that we realise at every moment.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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