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Born: October 16, 1854
Died: November 30, 1900
Best Oscar Wilde Quotes Ever
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
A good friend will always stab you in the front.
I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
I am not young enough to know everything.
The heart was made to be broken.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
Short Oscar Wilde Quotes on Life
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
To define is to limit.
I can resist anything except temptation.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
Most Famous Oscar Wilde Quotes
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Every woman is a rebel.
The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.
Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.
Inspiring Quotes by Oscar Wilde
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
One should always be in love. That’s the reason one should never marry.
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
Only the shallow know themselves.
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.
Everything popular is wrong.
You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
The one charm about the past is that it is the past.
Irony is wasted on the stupid.
Punctuality is the thief of time.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Hearts Live By Being Wounded.
In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.
A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.
Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed.
Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.
To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.
Man is many things, but he is not rational.
The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.
Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
A kiss may ruin a human life.
A flower blossoms for its own joy.
A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.
To be popular one must be a mediocrity.
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