Favorite Quotations Oscar Wilde Wilde: A Certain Genius

"Who, being loved, is poor?" ~ Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later to be found out.

At twillight nature becomes a wonderfully suggestive effect, and is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

To become the spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.

There are people who say I have never really done anything wrong in my life; of course, they only say it behind my back.

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.

The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.

The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.

I said in Dorian Gray that the great sins of the world take place in the brain: but it is in the brain that everything takes place.... It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.