57 Oscar Wilde quotes about love and life

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

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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

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

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.

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

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

Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.

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

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.

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The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

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

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

Hatred is blind, as well as love.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.

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

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

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

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

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

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

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

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

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

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.

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

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

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

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

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

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When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

True friends stab you in the front.

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

I can resist everything except temptation.

Only the shallow know themselves.

One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.

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

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

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

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

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Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.

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.