Inspirational Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde quotes
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. He is famous for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.
Below is a list of inspirational Oscar Wilde quotes.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

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

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

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated.”

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

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

“I can resist anything except temptation.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

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

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

“There is no sin except stupidity.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“To define is to limit.”

“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 Quotes

“Anybody can sympathies with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

“The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.”
– Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

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

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
– Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.”

“Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.”

“Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard
Some do it with a bitter look
Some with a flattering word
The coward does it with a kiss
The brave man with a sword.”

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”
– Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.”

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

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

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

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

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

“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.”
– Oscar Wilde Quotes


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