Oscar Wilde Quotes: Inspiration and Wisdom

Oscar Wilde’s wit and wisdom has been inspiring readers for centuries. His quotes transcend time and continue to capture the minds and hearts of people around the world.

Most inspirational Oscar Wilde quotes will provide the deeper insights on life, happiness, success, and love. Get ready to be inspired with timeless mantras of motivation you can use to live your best life.

Best Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

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

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

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

True friends stab you in the front. Oscar Wilde

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

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. Oscar Wilde

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

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde

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

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde

Everything popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde

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

The very essence of romance is uncertainty. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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No man is rich enough to buy back his past. 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

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde

I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy? Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

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

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

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection. Oscar Wilde

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

I can resist anything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

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

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

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde

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

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. I can resist everything but temptation. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some things are more precious because they don’t last long. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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. Oscar Wilde

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

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. Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. Oscar Wilde

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. 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

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. Oscar Wilde

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

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

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words? Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. 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

Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. 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

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. Oscar Wilde

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

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

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself. Oscar Wilde

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Oscar Wilde

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

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

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. Oscar Wilde

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. 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

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

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

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde

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. Oscar Wilde

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information. Oscar Wilde

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

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

You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? Oscar Wilde

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

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

Those whom the gods love grow young. Oscar Wilde

Yes, death. 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 forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death’s house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is. Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness. Oscar Wilde

Biography lends to death a new terror. Oscar Wilde

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. Oscar Wilde