Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"I Have Nothing to Declare Except My Genius"


As often happens, I'm on another Oscar Wilde kick. As far as one-liners go, I think this is one of the men who set the bar. And with me having a new (temporary) job, I cannot help but have a new appreciating for the world through the eyes of a poetic cynic. So! Without futher ado, here are some of my favorites from a favorite. :)


"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing."

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally."

"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction."

"A true friend stabs you in the front."

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."

"As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied."

"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular."

"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship."

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."

"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."

"I am not young enough to know everything."

"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."

"I have nothing to declare except my genuis.I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world."

"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."

"Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you."

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written."

"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last."

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."

"Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives."