A magia de Oscar Wilde – The Magic of Oscar Wilde

“I believe that If one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream, the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal. But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself.”

“We are punsihed for our denials. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us.”

“To get back to one’s youth, one has merely to repeat one’s follies. Nowadays people die of a sort of creeping common sense and discover when it’s too late that the one thing one neer regrets are one’s mistakes.”

“The people who loved only once in their lives are shallow. What they call loyalty and fidelity I call lethargy and lack of imagination.”

“It is personalities, not principles that moves the age”

“No life is spoiled but one whose growth is arrested”

Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory about. Pleasure is nature’s test. When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy” 

“There is a luxury in self reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”

“In her dealings with men, Destiny never close its accounts.”

“Every effect that one produces gives us a ennemy. To be popular one must be mediocrity.”

“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”

“Nowadays people knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“We live in a age when unnecessary things are the only necessities.”

“Men marry because they are tired, women marry because they are curious. Both are disappointed.”

All quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray.