Oscar Wilde Quotes

Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex.

I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy.

I was disappointed in Niagara-most people must be disappointed in Niagara. Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life.

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them.

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.

I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art.

Pessimist: one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

Philanthropy seems to me to have become simply the refuge of people who want to annoy their fellow creatures.

What the paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the realm of passion.