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Inspirational quotes by Oscar Wilde on life, love, marriage and other things.

100 Most Famous Quotes By Oscar Wilde, The Author Of The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Quick Facts

Famous As: Playwright

Born On: October 16, 1854

Died On: November 30, 1900

Born In: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Died At Age: 46

Victorian era saw the domination of art in its various forms. Painters, sculptors, writers, and artists gave a whole new definition to art. Literature too took a front seat as there were novelists, poets, essayist, critic and playwrights who made Victorian era the period of thriving literature. And while talking about playwrights, the name of Oscar Wilde comes to the forefront. He was by far one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian era. A proponent of the Aesthetic movement of the 19th century, he emphasized aesthetic values more than moral or social themes. He advocated art for art’s sake. In his lifetime he wrote nine plays, one novel, and numerous poems, short stories, and essays. Amongst his most famous works include the poem, ‘The Ballad of the Reading Gaol’, the novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and the play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. He also came up with the comic masterpiece ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’. Literary accomplishments apart, Wilde was famous for his wit and flamboyance with men. He was tried and imprisoned for his homosexual relationship with the son of an aristocrat. Coming back to his literary endeavours, Wilde’s greatness can be felt in his quotes that give a new perception about life. Check this section and find quotes by Oscar Wilde.
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Oscar Wilde

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 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

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

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

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

Oscar Wilde

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

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

I can resist anything except temptation.

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

To define is to limit.

Oscar Wilde

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.

Oscar Wilde

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

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?

Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Oscar Wilde

Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.

Oscar Wilde

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Oscar Wilde

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

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.

Oscar Wilde

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.

Oscar Wilde

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.

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

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

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

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

Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Every woman is a rebel.

Oscar Wilde

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

Oscar Wilde

I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

Oscar Wilde

Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss The brave man with a sword

Oscar Wilde

The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.

Oscar Wilde

Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.

Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.

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

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

A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

Oscar Wilde

If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde

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

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

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 suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

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

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

Oscar Wilde

Everything in moderation, including moderation.

Oscar Wilde

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.

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

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Oscar Wilde

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

There is no sin except stupidity.

Oscar Wilde

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

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

Some things are more precious because they don't last long.

Oscar Wilde

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

Oscar Wilde

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

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

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Life is too short to learn German

Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.

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 good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

Oscar Wilde