The Picture of Dorian Gray (three slides)
- There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
- There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
- The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
The Importance of Being Earnest (two slides)
- The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!
- It is absurd to have hard and fast rules about what one should and shouldn’t read. More than half of modern culture depends upon what one shouldn’t read.
Other Epigrams (six slides)
- 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.
- There is no sin except stupidity.
- America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
- I am not young enough to know everything.
- The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
- The only thing I can’t resist is temptation.
Oscar Wilde’s B-day, Oct. 17, 1854 | More quotes please