Oscar Wilde

1854 - 1900

A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on difficulty, life, people, reason, soul, understanding, and vision

The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passions are for the great of souls. Great events can only be seen by people who are on a level with them. We think we can have our visions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing visions have to be paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on choice and enemies

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on tears

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And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde

Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on truth

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

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on children, forgiveness, judgment, parenthood, and time

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely if ever, do they forgive them.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere’s Fan, act 2.

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on women

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

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on women

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Every woman is wrong until she cries.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on cynicism and value

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on democracy and people

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

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1895

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