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Oscar Wilde is not only one of the most quoted of authors, he is one of the most quotable people of all time.  In books of quotations the frequency of Wilde's words is usually exceeded only by those of Shakespeare and the Bible.

Therefore, at OWSOA we shall restrict ourselves appropriately to quotations Wilde's made in or about America.

In keeping with the reference standards of our library, and unlike most Internet sites, all quotations are scrupulously attributed, and usually hyperlinked to a separate note describing the source.

For an interesting look at the genealogy of false attribution see:
Everything in Common Except Originality


By the by, do you know, I was very much disappointed in the Atlantic Ocean.
OSCAR WILDE, 1882 at New York harbor


I have nothing to declare except my genius.
OSCAR WILDE, 1882 at New York Customs


In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
OSCAR WILDE, 1887


America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.
OSCAR WILDE, 1887


She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm.
OSCAR WILDE, 1891


'Perhaps, after all, America has never been discovered,' said Mr Erskine. 'I myself would say that it had merely been detected.'
OSCAR WILDE, 1891


'They say that when good Americans die they go to Paris,' chuckled Sir Thomas....'Really! And where do bad Americans go to when they die?' inquired the Duchess.
'
They go to America,' murmured Lord Henry.

OSCAR WILDE, 1891


The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
OSCAR WILDE, 1894


`I don't think I should like America.'
`I suppose because we have no ruins and no curiosities,' said Virginia satirically.
`No ruins! no curiosities!' answered the Ghost; `you have your navy and your manners.'

OSCAR WILDE, 1887


We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
OSCAR WILDE, 1887


In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.
OSCAR WILDE, 1891


It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.
OSCAR WILDE, 1891


America is the first country to have gone from barbarism to decadence without the usual intervening period of civilization.
TO BE ATTRIBUTED


America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
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I see about me certain signs of an aesthetic movement. I see certain young men, who are no doubt sincere, but I can assure them that they are no more than caricatures. As I look around me, I am impelled for the first time to breathe a fervent prayer, 'Save me from my disciples.' But rather let me, as Wordsworth says, 'turn me from those bold, bad men.'
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