Oscar Wilde Action Figure, copyrighted by Accountrements.
"He hadn’t a single redeeming vice."
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
"He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize."
"He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about."
"He was always late on principle; his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time."
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?"
"How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive."
"How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver."
"I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones."
"I am not young enough to know everything."
"I can believe anything as long as it is incredible."
"I have nothing to declare except my genius."
"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
"I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy."
"I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement."
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."
"I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works."
"I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again."
"I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance."
"I like men who have a future and women who have a past."
"I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures."
"I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy."
"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
"If one plays good music, people don’t listen and if one plays bad music people don’t talk."
"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life."
"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
"In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience."
"In England people actually try to be brilliant at breakfast. That is so dreadful of them! Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."
"In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust."
"In married life, three is company and two none."
"It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal."
"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."
"It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly."
"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating."
"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."
"It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art."
"It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances."
"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one’s back, that are absolutely and entirely true."
"It is very vulgar to talk about one’s business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties."
"It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it."