Oscar Wilde Quote

“If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity. Keats’s grave is a hillock of green grass with a plain headstone, and is to me the holiest place in Rome.”  — Oscar Wilde Source:… Continue reading Oscar Wilde Quote

Oscar Wilde Quote

“Cultivated idleness seems to me to be the proper occupation for man.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: letter to the Editor of the Scots Observer, 13 August 1890 (sent from 16 Tite St., Chelsea)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“… a nice letter is like a sunbeam and should not be treated as an epistle needing a reply.” — Oscar Wilde Source: letter to Violet Fane, c. July 1883 (sent from 9 Charles St., London)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“Complex people waste half their strength in trying to conceal what they do. Is it any wonder they should always come to grief?”  — Oscar Wilde Source: letter to Robert Ross, 6 April 1897 (sent from Reading Gaol)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“To ask whether Individualism is practical is like asking whether Evolution is practical. Evolution is the law of life, and there is no evolution except towards Individualism.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1891 essay The Soul of Man under Socialism

Oscar Wilde Quote

“The Philistine may, of course, object that to be absolutely perfect is impossible. Well, that is so: but then it is only the impossible things that are worth doing nowadays!”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1882 essay Mrs. Langtry as Hester Grazebrook, first published in New York World

Oscar Wilde Quote

“One should never take sides in anything . . . Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1893 play A Woman of No Importance, Act 1 (Lord Illingworth)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“To realize one’s nature perfectly—that is what each of us is here for.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1890 book The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ch. 2 (Lord Henry)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1891 essay The Soul of Man under Socialism

Oscar Wilde Quote

“… there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1892 play Lady Windermere’s Fan, Act 2 (Lord Darlington)