Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Fingal O’Fflahertie Wills Wilde gained prominence as an Irish poet and dramatist. Following a period of diverse literary output in the 1880s, he rose to significant fame as a playwright in London during the initial years of the 1890s. Wikipedia

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

“Hatred is blind, as well as love.” ~ 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

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

“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

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

“Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“There is no sin except stupidity.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.” ~ 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

“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.” ~ 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

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

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

“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.” ~ 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

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

“I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

“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

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

“Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.” ~ 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

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

“One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.” ~ 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 good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

“Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.” ~ 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

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

“I can resist anything except temptation.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

“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

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

“There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” ~ 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

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

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

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

“The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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