Oscar Wilde Quotes

- Notable Oscar Wilde Quotes Index -

Born: October 16, 1854, Dublin, Ireland
Birth Country: Ireland
Died: Paris, France, November 30, 1900
Occupation: Author

1.
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

2.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
- Oscar Wilde

3.
A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
- Oscar Wilde

4.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
- Oscar Wilde

5.
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

6.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

7.
All art is quite useless.
- Oscar Wilde

8.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

9.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
- Oscar Wilde

10.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde

11.
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
- Oscar Wilde

12.
An excellent man he has no enemies and none of his friends like him.
- Oscar Wilde

13.
Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.
- Oscar Wilde

14.
Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
- Oscar Wilde

15.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
- Oscar Wilde

16.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
- Oscar Wilde

17.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
- Oscar Wilde

18.
Biography lends to death a new terror.
- Oscar Wilde

19.
Children begin by loving their parents after a time they judge them rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
- Oscar Wilde

20.
Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
- Oscar Wilde

21.
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
- Oscar Wilde

22.
Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
- Oscar Wilde

23.
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

24.
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
- Oscar Wilde

25.
Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
- Oscar Wilde

26.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
- Oscar Wilde

27.
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
- Oscar Wilde

28.
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
- Oscar Wilde

29.
Hatred is blind, as well as love.
- Oscar Wilde

30.
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
- Oscar Wilde

31.
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

32.
How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.
- Oscar Wilde

33.
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

34.
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

35.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
- Oscar Wilde

36.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
- Oscar Wilde

37.
I put all my genius into my life I put only my talent into my works.
- Oscar Wilde

38.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
- Oscar Wilde

39.
I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.
- Oscar Wilde

40.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
- Oscar Wilde

41.
I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
- Oscar Wilde

42.
I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
- Oscar Wilde

43.
I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
- Oscar Wilde

44.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
- Oscar Wilde

45.
If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.
- Oscar Wilde

46.
If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.
- Oscar Wilde

47.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
- Oscar Wilde

48.
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

49.
In married life three is company and two none.
- Oscar Wilde

50.
In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.
- Oscar Wilde

51.
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
- Oscar Wilde

52.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
- Oscar Wilde

53.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.
- Oscar Wilde

54.
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
- Oscar Wilde

55.
It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
- Oscar Wilde

56.
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
- Oscar Wilde

57.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
- Oscar Wilde

58.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

59.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
- Oscar Wilde

60.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

61.
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
- Oscar Wilde

62.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

63.
Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
- Oscar Wilde

64.
Men marry because they are tired women, because they are curious both are disappointed.
- Oscar Wilde

65.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
- Oscar Wilde

66.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
- Oscar Wilde

67.
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
- Oscar Wilde

68.
Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.
- Oscar Wilde

69.
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
- Oscar Wilde

70.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
- Oscar Wilde

71.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
- Oscar Wilde

72.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

73.
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
- Oscar Wilde

74.
Society exists only as a mental concept in the real world there are only individuals.
- Oscar Wilde

75.
Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go.
- Oscar Wilde

76.
Success is a science if you have the conditions, you get the result.
- Oscar Wilde

77.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
- Oscar Wilde

78.
The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.
- Oscar Wilde

79.
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
- Oscar Wilde

80.
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
- Oscar Wilde

81.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

82.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
- Oscar Wilde

83.
The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.
- Oscar Wilde

84.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
- Oscar Wilde

85.
The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.
- Oscar Wilde

86.
The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
- Oscar Wilde

87.
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
- Oscar Wilde

88.
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
- Oscar Wilde

89.
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
- Oscar Wilde

90.
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
- Oscar Wilde

91.
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
- Oscar Wilde

92.
There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
- Oscar Wilde

93.
This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
- Oscar Wilde

94.
Those whom the gods love grow young.
- Oscar Wilde

95.
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.
- Oscar Wilde

96.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
- Oscar Wilde

97.
True friends stab you in the front.
- Oscar Wilde

98.
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
- Oscar Wilde

99.
When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.
- Oscar Wilde

100.
When good Americans die they go to Paris.
- Oscar Wilde

101.
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

102.
Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

103.
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
- Oscar Wilde

104.
Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
- Oscar Wilde

105.
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.
- Oscar Wilde

106.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
- Oscar Wilde

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