75 Thoughtful Quotes from Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was an Irish author, poet and playwright. In the early 1890s Victoria England, his work saw him become one of the most popular playwrights.  His most acclaimed works include ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’

Below are his best quotes about love, life, friendship and much more. Enjoy.

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There is no sin except stupidity.
Oscar Wilde
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde
I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde
A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
Oscar Wilde
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Oscar Wilde
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Oscar Wilde
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Oscar Wilde
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
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
Oscar Wilde

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No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Oscar Wilde
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
Oscar Wilde
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Oscar Wilde
As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
Oscar Wilde
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Oscar Wilde
Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Oscar Wilde
The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.
Oscar Wilde
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Oscar Wilde
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
Oscar Wilde
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
Oscar Wilde
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
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
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating – people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
Oscar Wilde
I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Oscar Wilde
The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
Oscar Wilde
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
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
Oscar Wilde
Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
Oscar Wilde
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Oscar Wilde
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Oscar Wilde
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Oscar Wilde
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Oscar Wilde
Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.
Oscar Wilde
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Oscar Wilde
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.
Oscar Wilde
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Oscar Wilde
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Oscar Wilde
If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.
Oscar Wilde
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Oscar Wilde
Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.
Oscar Wilde
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
Oscar Wilde
You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.
Oscar Wilde
When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Oscar Wilde
I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.
Oscar Wilde
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
Oscar Wilde
True friends stab you in the front.
Oscar Wilde
Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.
Oscar Wilde
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.
Oscar Wilde
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
Oscar Wilde
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Oscar Wilde
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Oscar Wilde
Who, being loved, is poor?
Oscar Wilde
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
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
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
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Oscar Wilde
The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.
Oscar Wilde
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Oscar Wilde
I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde
One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
Oscar Wilde
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Oscar Wilde
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
Oscar Wilde
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
Oscar Wilde
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
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Oscar Wilde
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Oscar Wilde

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