Here are famous Oscar Wilde quotes and sayings from his works and daily life.

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on 16 October 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. He was a prolific playwright and poet. His most important works are The Picture of Dorian Gray and The importance of Being Earnest. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
Oscar Wilde

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Oscar Wilde

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
Oscar Wilde

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
Oscar Wilde

“The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I don’t like novels that end happily. They depress me so much.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“If one doesn’t talk about a thing, it has never happened. It is simply expression that gives reality to things.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Oscar Wilde

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Oscar Wilde

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
Oscar Wilde

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
Oscar Wilde

“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
Oscar Wilde

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“You seem to forget that I am married, and the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
Oscar Wilde

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
Oscar Wilde

“I am not young enough to know everything.”
Oscar Wilde

“The heart was made to be broken.”
Oscar Wilde

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
Oscar Wilde

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
Oscar Wilde

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
Oscar Wilde

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
Oscar Wilde

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

“Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”
Oscar Wilde

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.”
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“He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I like talking to a brick wall- it’s the only thing in the world that never contradicts me!”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

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“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
Oscar Wilde

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
Oscar Wilde

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
Oscar Wilde

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
Oscar Wilde

“To define is to limit.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I can resist anything except temptation.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”
Oscar Wilde

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Indeed, no woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“Wisdom comes with winters.”
Oscar Wilde

“Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

“Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection.”
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“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.”
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“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
Oscar Wilde

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“Who, being loved, is poor?”
Oscar Wilde

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”
Oscar Wilde

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
Oscar Wilde

“Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Tales

“And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“It is better to be beautiful then to be good, but it is better to be good then to be ugly.”
Oscar Wilde

“The gods are strange. It is not our vices only they make instruments to scourge us. They bring us to ruin through what in us is good, gentle, humane, loving.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“I am happy in my prison of passion.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
Oscar Wilde

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”
Oscar Wilde

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
Oscar Wilde

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”
Oscar Wilde

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.”
Oscar Wilde

“No good deed goes unpunished.”
Oscar Wilde

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”
Oscar Wilde

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

“The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
Oscar Wilde

“Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness.”
Oscar Wilde

“Arguments are to be avoided, they are always vulgar and often convincing.”
Oscar Wilde

“Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.”
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“A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.”
Oscar Wilde

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“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”
Oscar Wilde

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
Oscar Wilde

“I like men who have a future and women who have a past.”
Oscar Wilde

“Every woman is a rebel.”
Oscar Wilde

“The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.”
Oscar Wilde

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”
Oscar Wilde

“I drink to separate my body from my soul.”
Oscar Wilde

“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
Oscar Wilde

“In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”
Oscar Wilde

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”
Oscar Wilde

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”
Oscar Wilde

“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”
Oscar Wilde

“A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”
Oscar Wilde

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“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.”
Oscar Wilde

“If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.”
Oscar Wilde

“There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”
Oscar Wilde

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“When you really want love you will find it waiting for you.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.”
Oscar Wilde

“When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Life is a nightmare that prevents one from sleeping.”
Oscar Wilde

“If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.”
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“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Oscar Wilde

“The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”
Oscar Wilde

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”
Oscar Wilde

“There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.”
Oscar Wilde

“There is no sin except stupidity.”
Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, and Selected Critical Prose

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
Oscar Wilde

“There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.”
Oscar Wilde

“America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.”
Oscar Wilde

“Oh! I don’t think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn’t know what to talk to him about.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting.”
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“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”
Oscar Wilde

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance.”
Oscar Wilde

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”
Oscar Wilde

“Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.”
Oscar Wilde

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.”
Oscar Wilde

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”
Oscar Wilde

“Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.”
Oscar Wilde

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
Oscar Wilde

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

“One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.”
Oscar Wilde

“Its a beautiful woman’s fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”
Oscar Wilde

“Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“Life is too short to learn German.”
Oscar Wilde

“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”
Oscar Wilde

“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“They’ve promised that dreams can come true – but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.”
Oscar Wilde

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. (Mr. Dumby, Act III)”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
Oscar Wilde

“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”
Oscar Wilde

“Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.”
Oscar Wilde

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
Oscar Wilde

“The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.”
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“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”
Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

“Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.”
Oscar Wilde

“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
Oscar Wilde, The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde

“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.”
Oscar Wilde

“The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.”
Oscar Wilde, Salomé

“This wallpaper is dreadful, one of us will have to go.”
Oscar Wilde

“Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”
Oscar Wilde

“One should always be in love. That’s the reason one should never marry.”
Oscar Wilde

“I don’t say we all ought to misbehave. But we ought to look as if we could.”
Oscar Wilde

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”
Oscar Wilde

“Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”
Oscar Wilde

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.”
Oscar Wilde

“For one moment our lives met, our souls touched.”
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“A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.”
Oscar Wilde

“Only the shallow know themselves.”
Oscar Wilde

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
Oscar Wilde

“All art is quite useless.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.”
Oscar Wilde

“The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one’s heart—hearts are made to be broken—but that it turns one’s heart to stone.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”
Oscar Wilde

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”
Oscar Wilde

“Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I am tired of myself tonight. I should like to be somebody else.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“One should always be a little improbable.”
Oscar Wilde

“I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

“The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“I beg your pardon I didn’t recognize you – I’ve changed a lot.”
Oscar Wilde

“I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it.”
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“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.”
Oscar Wilde

“Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”
Oscar Wilde

“I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Everything popular is wrong.”
Oscar Wilde

“One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“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.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean.”
Oscar Wilde

“Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.”
Oscar Wilde

“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”
Oscar Wilde, Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man

“Each of us has heaven and hell in him.”
Oscar Wilde

“Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.”
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

“Each man kills the thing he loves.”
Oscar Wilde, The Ballad Of Reading Gaol

“To be popular one must be a mediocrity.”
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“You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes…”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”
Oscar Wilde

“She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm.”
Oscar Wilde

“The one charm about the past is that it is the past.”
Oscar Wilde

“Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.”
Oscar Wilde

“Irony is wasted on the stupid.”
Oscar Wilde

“Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.”
Oscar Wilde

“Punctuality is the thief of time.”
Oscar Wilde

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”
Oscar Wilde

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.”
Oscar Wilde

“I’ll bet you anything you like that half an hour after they have met, they will be calling each other sister. Women only do that when they have called each other a lot of other things first.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“A kiss may ruin a human life.”
Oscar Wilde

“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”
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“I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

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“One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.”
Oscar Wilde

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible….”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.”
Oscar Wilde

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”
Oscar Wilde

“Some things are too important to be taken seriously.”
Oscar Wilde

“When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”
Oscar Wilde

“One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.”
Oscar Wilde

“In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.”
Oscar Wilde

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”
Oscar Wilde

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”
Oscar Wilde

“If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.”
Oscar Wilde

“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.”
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“The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Misfortunes one can endure–they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults–ah!–there is the sting of life.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
Oscar Wilde

“I love to talk about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.”
Oscar Wilde

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.”
Oscar Wilde

“Hearts Live By Being Wounded.”
Oscar Wilde

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I have no objection to anyone’s sex life as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses.”
Oscar Wilde

“Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.”
Oscar Wilde

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”
Oscar Wilde

“It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. And even more courage to see it in the one you love.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“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.”
Oscar Wilde

“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?”
Oscar Wilde

“Man is many things, but he is not rational.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“She…can talk brilliantly upon any subject provided she knows nothing about it.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes

“I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.”
Oscar Wilde

oscar wilde famous quotes
“Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.”
Oscar Wilde

“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”
Oscar Wilde

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
Oscar Wilde

“I never change, except in my affections.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want touse them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes

“I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it’s impossible to count them accurately.”
Oscar Wilde

“Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginative”
Oscar Wilde

“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.”
Oscar Wilde

“It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“There was so much in you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself. I thought how tragic it would be if you were wasted.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.”
Oscar Wilde Quotes, De Profundis

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