Oscar Wilde quotes

By | 05.06.2022
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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 quotes

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

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

We quaff the cup of life with eager haste without draining it, instead of which it only overflows the brim – objects press around us, filling the mind with the throng of desires that wait upon them, so that we have no room for the thoughts of death. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

For he who lives more lives than one, more deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde

True friends stab you in the front. 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

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Everything popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde

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

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde

Everything in moderation, including moderation. 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

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. Oscar Wilde

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

All trials are trials for one’s life, just as all sentences are sentences of death. Oscar Wilde

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde

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

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde

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

I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain. Oscar Wilde

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

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

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

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 Wildeб The Canterville Ghost

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has got to go. Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde

No good deed goes unpunished. Oscar Wilde

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

Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. Oscar Wilde

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

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. 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

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you. Oscar Wilde

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

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

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde

I can never travel without my diary, one should always have something sensational to read on the train. Oscar Wilde

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

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

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death. Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde

Life is too short to learn German. Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us. 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

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

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

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde

Hearts are made to be broken. Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. 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

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

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

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. Oscar Wilde

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

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

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance. Oscar Wilde

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. 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

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

The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde

The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. Oscar Wilde

With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy? Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. Oscar Wilde

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. Oscar Wilde

Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods. Beauty is the symbol of symbols. Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing. When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-coloured world. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally. Oscar Wilde

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

Women are made to be loved, not understood. Oscar Wilde

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

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. Oscar Wilde

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

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

I don’t want to earn my living, I want to live. Oscar Wilde

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. 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

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