I scored a ticket to see The Importance of Being Earnest tomorrow. Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite playwrights of all time, so needless to say, I am super excited. In order to fulfill some pre-show hype, I decided to share some Oscar Wilde quotes. Most are going to be from The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband as a heads up sort of deal.
From An Ideal Husband
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Oh, I love London Society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics.
Well, the fact is, father, this is not my day for talking seriously. I am very sorry but it is not my day.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilised.
I make it a rule never to accept Tommy. That is why he goes on proposing.
We men and women are not made to accept such sacrifices from each other. We are not worthy of them.
From The Importance of Being Earnest
I don’t play accurately-any one can play accurately- but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte.
Well, in the first place girls never marry men they flirt with. Girls don’t think it right.
More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read.
Literary criticism is not your forte, my dear fellow. Don’t try it. You should leave it to people who haven’t been at University. They do it so well in the daily papers.
Illness in any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others. Health is the primary duty of life.
Both?…To lose one parent may be regarded as misfortune…to lose both seems like carelessness.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
I don’t like talking seriously in the open air. It looks so artificial.
You see, it is simply a young girl’s record of her own thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication. When it appears in print, I hope you order a copy.
Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get into my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest births who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
My dear boy, we were never even on speaking terms. He died before I was a year old.
It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all of his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth.
From A Woman of No Importance
Children begin by loving their parents. After time they judge them. Rarely if ever do they forgive them.
From Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications. Our Guildensterns play Hamlet for us, and our Hamlets have to jest like Prince Hal. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
Most famous words concerning wallpaper
This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.