101 Famous Oscar Wilde Quotes 📕

Read this famous Irish writer's best quotes on life and love, among others
Read the best and most famous Oscar Wilde quotes here.

 

Oscar Wilde quotes

Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer, playwright, and poet who was born in Dublin in 1854. He is considered one of the best London's playwrights in the Victorian era. However, the author is most known for his most famous novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). Wilde is remembered nowadays for his renowned epigrams, theater plays and also for the tragedy of his imprisonment for his homosexuality. 

But he has also left us some great lessons about life and love, that we have compiled in these Oscar Wilde quotes.

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"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life."
2
"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter."
3
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
4
"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."
5
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
6
"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally."
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"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someon else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
8
“The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.”
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"We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities."
10
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
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"Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result."
12
"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship."
13
“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
14
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
15
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
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"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."
17
"No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the costumary stone."
18
“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”
19
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
20
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
21
"I can resist everything except temptation."
22
“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.”
23
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."
24
“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
25
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."
26
“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
27
"Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary."
28
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
29
"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."
30
“There is no sin except stupidity.”
31
"Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood."
32
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
33
"I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is of any use to oneself."
34
“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”
35
"A good friend will always stab you in the front."
36
“I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
37
"Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed."
38
"Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
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"To define is to limit."
40
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
41
"No man is rich enough to buy back his past."
42
“It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.”
43
"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
44
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
45
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
46
"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."
47
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”
48
"I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them."
49
“I am not young enough to know everything.”
50
"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between."
51
“There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating – people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”
52
"Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power."
53
“The heart was made to be broken.”
54
"I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect."
55
“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”
56
"Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes."
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“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
58
“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.”
59
"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."
60
“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”
61
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
62
“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
63
"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."
64
“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
65
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
66
“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
67
"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."
68
“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”
69
"Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success."
70
"Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success."
71
"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness."
72
“If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.”
73
"We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell."
74
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
75
"The basis of optimism is sheer terror."
76
“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
77
"Charity creates a multitude of sins."
78
"There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love."
79
“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
80
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
81
"Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul."
82
“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”
83
“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”
84
"All art is quite useless."
85
“Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.”
86
“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
87
"When good Americans die, they go to Paris."
88
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
89
“Who, being loved, is poor?”
90
"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."
91
“The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.”
92
“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
93
"Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion."
94
“As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.”
95
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.”
96
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
97
"Why was I born with such contemporaries?"
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“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”
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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
100
"Writing bores me so."
101
“Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.”
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