Oscar Wilde
Quotations


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

No, Ernest, don't talk about action. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.

In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.

I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But . . . it is better to be good than to be ugly.

As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.

It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.



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