Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.

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

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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

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

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

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.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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

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

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

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

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

I have nothing to declare except my genius.

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

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

I am not young enough to know everything.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

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

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

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

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

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

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

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

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

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

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

Life is too important to be taken seriously.

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

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

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

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

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.

The very essence of romance is uncertainty.

The world is a stage, but 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.

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

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