Quotes by Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 November 30, 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. One of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day, known for his barbed and clever wit, he suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned after being convicted in a famous trial of "gross indecency" for homosexual acts. more

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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.

Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
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 can believe anything provided it is incredible.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?
Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
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.
Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.
I can resist everything except temptation.
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.
An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.