One commonly attributed to Wilde is "The General was essentially a man of peace, except of course in his domestic affairs."
Did Wilde say or write this? Is it original?
It's WRITTEN it's a quote from "The Importance of Being Earnest". I was in it this year.
(Technically, as this is a reply, it should be indented.) The quote is "The General was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life," and is said by Lady Bracknell in the third act of The Importance of Being Earnest. I am not sure if Wilde invented this quote or is merely using it.
The Importance of Being Earnest 
Some of the quotes attributed to Wilde as part of "The Importance of Being Earnest" are not in any edition of the play that I have read. Which edition was used for this page?
Clarification: The quotes to which I refer are "Mothers, of course, are all right. They pay a chaps bills and don't bother him. But fathers bother a chap and never pay his bills." (Act 1) and "When a man does exactly what a woman expects him to do she doesn't think much of him. One should always do what a woman doesn't expect, just as one should say what she doesn't understand." (Act 3) Û
Note: Various quotes are sometimes attributed to Oscar Wilde that are actually taken from liberal directors edits made to his plays or from movies based on either Wilde's work, or his life.
- I added these quotes back in and some others which needed verifying. They are indeed from Earnest but from the four act version which was cut to three acts for performance and the three act version is the one usually printed. MeltBanana 18:28, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Another Wildeism? 
Another commonly attributed to Wilde, semble referring to the "English face" is “Once seen, never remembered.”
Did Wilde say or write this?
- "Lady Alice Chapman, his hostess's daughter, a dowdy dull girl, with one of those characteristic British faces that, once seen, are never remembered." - Dorian Gray, Ch. 15
- Hubert ;-) 10:28, 4 August 2006 (UTC)
Wilde quote 
The other day I heard this quote: "The most interesting people are men with a future and women with a history". One of Wilde's?
- "I like men who have a future and women who have a past." Dorian Gray, ch. 15
- Hubert ;-) 10:55, 4 August 2006 (UTC)
.... Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you........... K_M
Those Drapes 
I've heard the quote supposedly attributed to Wilde on his deathbed, "Either those drapes go or I do." I'm pretty sure it's an Uncyclopedia internet joke, but I have a friend who is absolutely convinced that it's a real Wilde quote. Is there any evidence of this? It's not on the page, and I honestly have my doubts.
i'm quite sure it was wallpaper.
I've read that his last words were 'Either the drapes go or I do!' in a couple different places.
Wilde said something like "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has to go." More than enough websites, biographies, and collections say this is an actual quote. (As a sidenote; the wallpaper won, but only the first round.)
A wise professor once told me that Oscar Wilde's last words were "This wallpaper is atrocious either it or I have to go."
I found some information on this on:  Where it sais:
The following clarification was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and clarifications column, Thursday October 18 2007. Oscar Wilde did not say, on his deathbed, "Either those curtains go or I do." He is reported to have said something along the lines of "this wallpaper will be the death of me - one of us will have to go", but not on his deathbed.
Zeptomoon 13:09, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
It was definitely wallpaper and not drapes. There is a photograph of him on his deathbed, taken by a close friend during the last seven years of his life, Maurice Gilbert, in which the despised wallpaper is visible. The picture can be found in Barbara Belford's biography, Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius.
I have heard that Mr Wilde turned to the atrocious wallpaper (of a particularly gaudy print) and said, " Oh well, one of us have to go..." positive Mr OW meant the wallpaper... and apparently the ugly wallpaper does still stand....
Work is the curse of the drinking classes
That´s on a birthday card I got yesterday. Worth to add in my opinion.
why do we need a quote repeated? 
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Ch. 2
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Ch. 2
InvisibleSun: can you tell me why we need that repeated? 184.108.40.206 12:11, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
- I've corrected my previous error and left a note for the same on your talk page. - InvisibleSun 12:19, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Can anyone verify this one for me? 
I just added a quote which I have in a file I keep of favorite quotes: "I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other, I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious." a quick web search shows several sites that attribute this to him, one makes mention of a book: Morley, Sheridan. Oscar Wilde. London: Pavillion Books, 1997. I dont have this book, if someone does and can check if the book has a verifiable source for the quote and can update this entry I would appreciate it.
- I don't have it, but I'll check it out next time I'm at the library. I would say that the details you have at the moment are enough to put in as an attribution. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 23:10, 24 September 2006 (UTC)
Another Wilde Quote? 
An Oscar Wilde poster I've seen has the quote "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
Yes, I found this one aswell on Quotationspage.com, the details along with it said it was quoted from De Profundis, 1905. --Parfaitement inutile 05:23, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
"A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude." I've seen this attributed to Wilde in more than a couple of places. It's worth running down. --220.127.116.11 07:54, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
The trouble with Socialism 
Another quote frequently attributed to Oscar Wilde: "The trouble with Socialism is that it takes too many evenings."
It's not listed in the article, but it's frequently quoted in other parts of the Web. Did he really say or write this or is it just a myth? --Chrissi 12:54, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Unsourced America quote 
I heard the quote about America going from barbarism to decadence without creating a civilisation in A Good Woman, the Mike Barker film of Lady Windermere's Fan. This does not appear to be in the original play, so maybe it should be ascribed to the screenwriter of A Good Woman, whoever that was... —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs) April 1, 2008 at 21:49 (UTC)
- The quote may be found on the page of Georges Clemenceau:
"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization."
— As quoted in the Saturday Review of Literature (1 December 1945) - InvisibleSun 22:00, 1 April 2008 (UTC)
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. 
Wilde? 22.214.171.124 18:35, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
lol i saw lo! in the article and for couple of picoseconds i imagined Wilde saying lol/laughing xD --126.96.36.199 17:26, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
Hi! I think Jack: "I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left." from ...Earnest should be in this collection since it is not only a great quote, it is played twice at the end of the song Rubber Ring by The Smiths (from the album The World won't listen)
"Who, being loved, is poor?" 
The internets are lousy with attributions of this quote to Wilde. Is that correct? If not, anyone know who did Italic textsay it? MisterJayEm 18:56, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- The plays of Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 page 86. Hester says it. You can see this source on google books.
Quote sourcing on the web tip 
Try to use a proprietary database like LitFinder, if you have access to one. If you're stuck searching the web though, here's a way to improve your chances. Google your phrase or keywords, and add "filetype:pdf". This will exclude all the html web sources like Brainyquote and ThinkExist, which are not rigorously sourced. The resulting pdf files will often be from actual print publications, wherein you will have a better chance of finding a solid source.
A few other quotes of Oscar Wilde 
"I can resist everything except temptation."
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
"I have nothing to declare except my genius."
"There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."
"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing."
"All women become like their mother. That's their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
"He felt as if a hand of ice had been laid upon hist heart." (The picture of Dorian Gray)
Headline text 
"Everything popular is wrong" 
I was reading Timothy Ferris's "The 4-hour Workweek", and one of the quotes he uses to start a chapter is "Everything popular is wrong.", which he attributes to The Importance of Being Earnest. However, I can't find it in the play. Did Wilde actually say this anywhere? Someone online rationalizes that it came from an early draft, but I can't find any reference to the phrase dating before the publication of Ferris's book, which leads me to think he made it up. —Jclee 18:17, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
Meeting with Gide in Algeria 
A note on the meeting with André Gide in Algeria in January 1895 (notable especially for the quote “I put all my genius into my life”) – the conversation in question happen in Algiers (the capital), as stated in Gide’s journal (quoted in Evangelista, p. 98 – “…when, in Algiers, …”).
However, the travel is potentially a bit confusing (I don’t have Gide’s letters or journal to hand), but AFAICT (Evangelista, p. 97), they met in Blida (a smaller town outside Algiers, the capital) on the 27th, then Gide returned to Algiers the next day (28th, 8 am) – Wilde and Douglas also returned to Algiers, perhaps separately?, they had additional meetings together (most notably on the 30th), then Wilde left for England on the 31st, while Gide and Douglas went (separately) to Biskra (oasis, winter vacation resort) and spent a fortnight there together. Thus, other than the afternoon or evening (and night) of the 27th (meeting in Blida), the entire time that Wilde and Gide spent together (or at least meeting each other) was in Algiers (as was this conversation in question) – however, they initially met in Blida; I’d summarize as “meeting in Blida, conversation in Algiers”. Hope this clarifies matters!
The Decay of Lying 
I think that the quote "Art persists, it timelessly continues." doesn't belong to "The Decay Of Lying". Can anyone confirm if I am right and remove the quote, please? (I'm sorry about my english...) Thank you!! --Gimlinu (talk) 22:00, 15 May 2012 (UTC)