Oscar Wilde

Author. Poet. Playwright

October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900

October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900

Author. Poet. Playwright


305 Greatest Quotes By Oscar Wilde

Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring. Oscar Wilde
Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde
Love will fly if held too lightly Love will die if held too tightly . . . Oscar Wilde
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde
You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that. Oscar Wilde
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic. Oscar Wilde
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde
Love is a misunderstanding between two fools. 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
but the bravest man among us is afraid of himself. Oscar Wilde
Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. Oscar Wilde
The well bred contradict other people. the wise contradict themselves. Oscar Wilde
Niagara ... is the first disappointment in the married life of many Americans who spend their honeymoon there. Oscar Wilde
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde
I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. Oscar Wilde
Im Krieg machen die Starken die Schwachen zu Sklaven, im Frieden machen die Reichen die Armen zu Sklaven. Oscar Wilde
At the present moment I am eating muffins because I am unhappy. Besides, I am particularly fond of muffins. Oscar Wilde
Literature always anticipates life. It doesn't copy it but moulds it to it's purpose. Oscar Wilde
A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks. Oscar Wilde
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. Oscar Wilde
Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art. Oscar Wilde
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde
The loves and sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plentitude. Oscar Wilde
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. 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
The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated. Oscar Wilde
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde
I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. 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
The best people to work for are me, myself and I. Oscar Wilde
Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . . Oscar Wilde
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. Oscar Wilde
The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history. Oscar Wilde
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. Oscar Wilde
The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde
Not that I love thy children, whose dull eyes see nothing save their own unlovely woe, Whose minds know nothing, nothing care to know... Oscar Wilde
To look at a thing is very different from seeing it. 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
It is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg. Oscar Wilde
The answers are all out there, we just need to ask the right questions. Oscar Wilde
My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's. Oscar Wilde
We have quite the same ideas. No; I think our ideas are quite different. But he has been most pleasant. Oscar Wilde
It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way. Oscar Wilde
High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Oscar Wilde
I know. In fact, I am never wrong. Oscar Wilde
I know not whether laws be right or whether laws be wrong. Oscar Wilde
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
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
The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public. Oscar Wilde
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde