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Top 100 Oscar Wilde Quotes on Temptation, Laughter, Success, Work

Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde Quotes

1. Who, being loved, is poor? – Oscar Wilde

2. There is no sin except stupidity. – Oscar Wilde

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

4. It is always the unreadable that occurs. – Oscar Wilde

5. I am not young enough to know everything. – Oscar Wilde

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

7. I can resist everything except temptation. – Oscar Wilde

8. Work is the curse of the drinking classes. – Oscar Wilde

9. I have nothing to declare except my genius. – Oscar Wilde

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

11. Women are made to be loved, not understood. – Oscar Wilde

12. A poet can survive everything but a misprint. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

15. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. – Oscar Wilde

16. Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us. – Oscar Wilde

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

18. I have never given adoration to any body except myself. – Oscar Wilde

19. To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. – Oscar Wilde

20. There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

23. Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

26. A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

29. He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

37. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

40. A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

43. I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. – Oscar Wilde

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

45. The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. – Oscar Wilde

46. Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. – Oscar Wilde

47. An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him. – Oscar Wilde

48. Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. – Oscar Wilde

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

50. The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you. – Oscar Wilde

51. No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating. – Oscar Wilde

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

53. If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world. – Oscar Wilde

54. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde

55. The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life. – Oscar Wilde

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

57. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

60. Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives. – Oscar Wilde

61. Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. – Oscar Wilde

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

63. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

66. When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her. – Oscar Wilde

67. It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly. – Oscar Wilde

68. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

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

70. There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love. – Oscar Wilde

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

72. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. – Oscar Wilde

73. As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. – Oscar Wilde

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

75. Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

80. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. – Oscar Wilde

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

82. One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. – Oscar Wilde

83. You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit. – Oscar Wilde

84. There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us. – Oscar Wilde

85. The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. – Oscar Wilde

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86. The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. – Oscar Wilde

87. 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

88. Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. – Oscar Wilde

89. One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. – Oscar Wilde

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

91. Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. – Oscar Wilde

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

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

94. 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. – Oscar Wilde

95. Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. – Oscar Wilde

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

97. 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

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

99. I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. – Oscar Wilde

100. Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity. – Oscar Wilde

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