Oscar Wilde – Philosophical Quotes

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is an Irish writer of the nineteenth century. His name is synonymous with snobbery and a rare form of refinement. Aesthetic and dandy, Wilde defends a conception of the amoral and useless art (Art for Art): Wilde embodies a new sensitivity that appears as a reaction against positivism and naturalism Authors of poetry, plays, his seed still comes from his novels, including The Portrait of Dorian Gray.

Here are his main quotes :

Quotes by Oscar Wilde on art:

– “Art is useless”

– “Every portrait is a comprehensive portrait of the artist, not the model”

– “A man who wants to make life an art, the brain serves as the heart”

– “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors”

– “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”

– “Every effect you produce give you one more enemy. To be popular one must be poor”

– “Ambition is the last refuge of failure”

– “Art reflects our resolute protest, our valiant attempt to restore nature to its rightful place”


Oscar Wilde and morality:

– “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield. Try to resist, and your soul longs for things she was morbidly defended”

– “Experience is the name we give our mistakes”

– “Morality is the attitude we take towards people who do not like us”

– “No crime is vulgar, but the vulgarity is a crime. The vulgarity is what others are doing”

– “There are two tragedies in life: one is not to satisfy his desire and the other to satisfy”

– “Being good means being in harmony with oneself. Dissonance is to be forced to be in harmony with others. Our own life is what is important”

Oscar Wilde quotes on love:

– “To love is to surpass”

– “Those who are faithful know only the love of its triviality, it is the faithless who know the tragedies”

– “Anyone looking for a beautiful woman, good and intelligent, do not try one but three”

– “One should always be in love. That is why one should never marry”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Oscar Wilde – Philosophical Quotes, January 16, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, January 16, 2012, https://www.the-philosophy.com/oscar-wilde-philosophical-quotes.

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