Famous Irish Quotes

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) 
Irish poet and dramatist. He penned witty, elegant dramas such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere's Fan and one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray

There's nothing as ridiculous as other peoples emotions once one has stopped loving them.

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

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.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

All art is quite useless.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.

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There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.

It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out.

Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.

A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.

On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.

Alas, I am dying beyond my means.

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

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She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

I can believe anything provided it is incredible.

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.

An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.

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I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.

The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.

Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.

The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands

A kiss may ruin a human life

The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric--brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.

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The man who says he has exhausted life generally means that life has exhausted him.

Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.

Yet each man kills the thing he loves from all let this be heard some does it with a bitter look some with a flattering word the coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.

The Ideal Man should talk to us as if we were goddesses, and treat us as if we were children. He should refuse all our serious requests, and gratify every one of our whims. He should encourage us to have caprices, and forbid us to have missions. He should always say much more than he means, and always mean much more than he says.

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.

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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.

Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.

No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness.

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.

Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage. They must also be extraordinarily stupid.

The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.

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It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.

Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.

Never speak disrespectfully of Society. Only people who can't get into it do that

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.

To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you.

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act according with the dictates of reason.

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The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.

It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style.

One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she'll tell anything.

Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.

Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.

The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored.

Those whom the gods love grow young.

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. 

We are all of us in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars.


Moderation is a fatal thing-- nothing succeeds like excess.

 

 


 
 
 
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