250 Most Popular Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), also known as Sebastian Melmoth, was a prominent Irish poet, playwright, and comic writer. He achieved great reputation for his only published novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This post consists of 250 well-known Oscar Wilde Quotes, taken mainly from his popular literary works.

Some of the most popular Oscar Wilde books are The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, and Collected Works. I hope you’ll find the following familiar Oscar Wilde quotes useful.

Popular Oscar Wilde Quotes

Top 75 Oscar Wilde quotes from

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away.”

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

“I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one.”

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

“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.”

“The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.”

“When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”

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

I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.”

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

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

“She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain. ”

“Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.”

“I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.”

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”

“Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.”

“The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.”

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“You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.”

“They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about. ”

“The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

“The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.”

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible….”

“We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes…”

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”

“I’ll bet you anything you like that half an hour after they have met, they will be calling each other sister.

“But we never get back our youth… The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.”

“There was so much in you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself. I thought how tragic it would be if you were wasted.”

Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play… I tell you, that it is on things like these that our lives depend. ”

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

“It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”

“It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world”

“It is perfectly monstrous,’ he said, at last, ‘the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one’s back that are absolutely and entirely true.”

“Man is many things, but he is not rational.”

“You have killed my love. You used to stir my imagination. Now you don’t even stir my curiosity. You simply produce no effect. I loved you because you were marvelous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realized the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art. You have thrown it all away. You are shallow and stupid”

“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.”

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

“Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed.”

I am happy in my prison of passion”

“The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.”

“And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”

“The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.”

“In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.”

“Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.”

“When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.”

“Its a beautiful woman’s fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes”

“Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders.”

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

“There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul.”

“Beauty is a form of Genius–is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.”

“You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.”

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

“People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity.”

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.”

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

“The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic.” 

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

“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.”

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life.”

“There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”

“One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.”

“She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.”

“I am tired of myself tonight. I should like to be somebody else.”

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

“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

“Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”

“But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.” 

Best 16 Oscar Wilde Quotes from

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I really don’t see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I’ll certainly try to forget the fact.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“That may be, but the muffins are the same!” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Women only do that when they have called each other a lot of other things first.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I never change, except in my affections.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“Oh! It is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn’t. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

3 famous Oscar Wilde quotes on death

“The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.” – Oscar Wilde

“I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.” – Oscar Wilde

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde quotes about art and artist

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” – Oscar Wilde

“What of Art? -It is a malady. –Love? -An Illusion. –Religion? -The fashionable substitute for Belief. –You are a sceptic. -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. –What are you? -To define is to limit.” ― – Oscar Wilde

“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“All art is quite useless.” – Oscar Wilde

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” – Oscar Wilde

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures” – Oscar Wilde

“All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.” – Oscar Wilde

“The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.” – Oscar Wilde

“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.” – Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.” – Oscar Wilde

“Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears.” – Oscar Wilde

“I loved you because you were marvelous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realized the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art.” – Oscar Wilde

Top 7 Oscar Wilde Quotes from

‘An Ideal Husband’

“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. And even more courage to see it in the one you love” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“Ah! The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women…merely adored.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

Top 8 Oscar Wilde Quotes from

‘De Profundis’

“The gods are strange. It is not our vices only they make instruments to scourge us. They bring us to ruin through what in us is good, gentle, humane, loving.” ― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“When you really want love you will find it waiting for you.” ― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.” ― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one’s heart—hearts are made to be broken—but that it turns one’s heart to stone.” ― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?” ― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

“Hearts are made to be broken.” ― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

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

“To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.” ― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

31 Oscar Wilde quotes on women, love, and friendship

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.” – Oscar Wilde

“Who, being loved, is poor?” – Oscar Wilde

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.” – Oscar Wilde

“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.” – Oscar Wilde

“One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.” – Oscar Wilde

“The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.” – Oscar Wilde

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.” – Oscar Wilde

“I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting.” – Oscar Wilde

“My life-my whole life- take it, and do with it what you will. I love you-love you as I have never loved any living thing. From the moment I met you I loved you, loved you blindly, adoringly, madly!” – Oscar Wilde

“Each man kills the thing he loves.” – Oscar Wilde                           

“I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.” – Oscar Wilde

“Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.” – Oscar Wilde

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.” – Oscar Wilde

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.” – Oscar Wilde

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” – Oscar Wilde

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” – Oscar Wilde

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – 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

“Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.” – Oscar Wilde

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.” – Oscar Wilde

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

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

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.” – Oscar Wilde

“I like men who have a future and women who have a past.” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde quotes on different topics

“I love to talk about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.” – Oscar Wilde

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.” – Oscar Wilde

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“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

“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.” – Oscar Wilde

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

“The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.” – Oscar Wilde

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.” – Oscar Wilde

“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.” – 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

“There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.” – Oscar Wilde

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.” – 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

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

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” – Oscar Wilde

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” – Oscar Wilde

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life is a nightmare that prevents one from sleeping.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.” – Oscar Wilde

More 20 Oscar Wilde quotes

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

“There is no sin except stupidity.” – Oscar Wilde

“Only the shallow know themselves” – Oscar Wilde

“Punctuality is the thief of time” – Oscar Wilde

“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.” – Oscar Wilde

“There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.” – Oscar Wilde

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

A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“One should always be a little improbable.” – Oscar Wilde

“Everything popular is wrong.” – Oscar Wilde

“They’ve promised that dreams can come true – but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.” – Oscar Wilde

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

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

“Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.” – Oscar Wilde

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people’s lives alone, not interfering with them.” – Oscar Wilde

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“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.” – Oscar Wilde

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.” – Oscar Wilde

“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” – Oscar Wilde

“Some things are too important to be taken seriously.” – 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

“Arguments are to be avoided, they are always vulgar and often convincing.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.” – Oscar Wilde

“Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.” – Oscar Wilde

“No good deed goes unpunished.” – Oscar Wilde

“Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.” – Oscar Wilde

“One should always be in love. That’s the reason one should never marry.” – Oscar Wilde

“A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.” – Oscar Wilde

“Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.” – Oscar Wilde

“Irony is wasted on the stupid” – Oscar Wilde

“Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.” – Oscar Wilde

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” – Oscar Wilde

“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” – Oscar Wilde

“The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.” – Oscar Wilde

“The one charm about the past is that it is the past.” – Oscar Wilde

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” – Oscar Wilde

“Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . .” – Oscar Wilde

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“For one moment our lives met, our souls touched.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” – Oscar Wilde

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

Few more wise quotes and sayings by Oscar Wilde

“People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it’s impossible to count them accurately.” – 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

“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” – Oscar Wilde

“Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginitive” – Oscar Wilde

“Misfortunes one can endure–they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults–ah!–there is the sting of life.” – Oscar Wilde

“I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean.” – Oscar Wilde

A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.” – Oscar Wilde

“Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.” – Oscar Wilde

“A kiss may ruin a human life” – Oscar Wilde

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” – Oscar Wilde

“A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.” – Oscar Wilde

“Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications. Our Guildensterns play Hamlet for us, and our Hamlets have to jest like Prince Hal. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.” – Oscar Wilde

“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.” – Oscar Wilde

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