‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’~the Wit of Oscar Wilde–Beth Trissel


“Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.”
“A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.”
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
“The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband
“America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.”
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
“At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.”
“Biography lends to death a new terror.”
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
“I am not young enough to know everything.”
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
“One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.”
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”
“One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.”
“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”
“To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

3 responses to “‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’~the Wit of Oscar Wilde–Beth Trissel

  1. “My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”
    Hilarious! 🙂 I blogged about that today on my blog–people watching. Other people’s business is fascinating.

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  2. Pingback: Thinking of Oscar Wilde | Amateur Poetry and Prose

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