I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
I can resist anything except temptation.
I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. (Mr. Dumby, Act III)
Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.
I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.
Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
Literature must rest always on a principle, and temporal considerations are no principle at all. For, to the poet, all times and places are one; the stuff he deals with is eternal and eternally the same: no theme is inept, no past or present preferable.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
Perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to do is to choose a notable and joyous dress for men. There would be more joy in life if we were to accustom ourselves to use all the beautiful colours we can in fashioning our own clothes.
I have a dining room done in different shades of white, with white cushions embroidered in yellow silk: the effect is absolutely delightful and the room beautiful.
Let us have no machine-made ornament at all; it is all bad and worthless and ugly.
A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
I am not young enough to know everything.
Yes, there is a terrible moral in 'Dorian Gray' - a moral which the prurient will not be able to find in it, but it will be revealed to all whose minds are healthy. Is this an artistic error? I fear it is. It is the only error in the book.
There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do by their foolish and random writing it would be impossible to overestimate - not to the artist, but to the public, blinding them to all but harming the artist not at all.
No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.
The mark of all good art is not that the thing done is done exactly or finely, for machinery may do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the workman's heart.
In designing the scenery and costumes for any of Shakespeare's plays, the first thing the artist has to settle is the best date for the drama. This should be determined by the general spirit of the play more than by any actual historical references which may occur in it.
In its primary aspect, a painting has no more spiritual message than an exquisite fragment of Venetian glass. The channels by which all noble and imaginative work in painting should touch the soul are not those of the truths of lives.
Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it.
Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods. Beauty is the symbol of symbols. Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing. When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-coloured world.
The spirit of an age may be best expressed in the abstract ideal arts, for the spirit itself is abstract and ideal.
I think it is perfectly natural for any artist to admire intensely and love a young man. It is an incident in the life of almost every artist.
Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety and strangeness. Good people exasperate one's reason; bad people stir one's imagination.