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110 Best Oscar Wilde Quotes

In this post you will find 110 Best Oscar Wilde Quotes.

 

Oscar Wilde Quotes

 

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

 

“There is no sin except stupidity.”

 

“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”

 

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

 

“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”

 

“Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.”

 

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

 

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

 

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”

 

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

 

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

 

“Women are made to be loved, not understood.”

 

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

 

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”

 

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

 

“Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.”

 

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

 

“I am not young enough to know everything.”

 

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“I can resist everything except temptation.”

 

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

 

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

 

“It is always the unreadable that occurs.”

 

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”

 

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

 

“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”

 

“I have never given adoration to anybody except myself.”

 

“True friends stab you in the front.”

 

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

 

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

 

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

 

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

 

“There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose.”

 

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

 

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

 

“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.”

 

“A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.”

 

“When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her except continue to love her.”

 

“If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

 

“The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”

 

“Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.”

 

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

 

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

 

“It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.”

 

“An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.”

 

“The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.”

 

“Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.”

 

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

 

“No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.”

 

“There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.”

 

“The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you.”

 

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

 

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

 

“As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.”

 

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”

 

“Those who are faithful know only the pleasures of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.”

 

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

 

“The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.”

 

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

 

“Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”

 

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.”

 

“Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.”

 

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

 

“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.”

 

“Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.”

 

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

 

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

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.”

 

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

 

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

 

“There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.”

 

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

 

“When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.”

 

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

 

“Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.”

 

“People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.”

 

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