57 Oscar Wilde Quotes

  • A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. – Oscar Wilde


  • Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. – Oscar Wilde


  • The truth is rarely pure and never simple. – Oscar Wilde


  • Memory, is the diary that we all carry about with us. – 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


  • It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. – Oscar Wilde


  • Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. – Oscar Wilde


  • Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing. – Oscar Wilde


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

Oscar Wilde

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


  • A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally. – Oscar Wilde


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  • The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. – Oscar Wilde


  • No man is rich enough to buy back his past. – Oscar Wilde


  • Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. – Oscar Wilde


  • A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. – Oscar Wilde


  • Hatred is blind, as well as love. – Oscar Wilde


  • Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. – Oscar Wilde


  • Nothing is so aggravating than calmness. – Oscar Wilde


  • One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. – Oscar Wilde


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


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


  • To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. – Oscar Wilde


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


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


  • Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. – Oscar Wilde


  • The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. – Oscar Wilde


  • There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. – Oscar Wilde


  • To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. – 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


  • Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. – Oscar Wilde


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


  • Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance. – Oscar Wilde


  • One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. – Oscar Wilde


  • A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies. – Oscar Wilde


  • The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray. – Oscar Wilde


  • It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. – Oscar Wilde


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  • When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. – Oscar Wilde


  • Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. – Oscar Wilde


  • True friends stab you in the front. – Oscar Wilde


  • Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. – Oscar Wilde


  • Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. – Oscar Wilde


  • I can resist everything except temptation. – Oscar Wilde


  • Only the shallow know themselves. – Oscar Wilde


  • One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead. – Oscar Wilde


  • I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. – Oscar Wilde


  • It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. – Oscar Wilde


  • Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde


  • Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. – Oscar Wilde


  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde


  • I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. – Oscar Wilde


  • Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. – Oscar Wilde


  • The basis of optimism is sheer terror. – Oscar Wilde


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  • 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. – Oscar Wilde
  • Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. – Oscar Wilde


  • The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. – Oscar Wilde


  • Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. – Oscar Wilde

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