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50 Oscar Wilde Quotes

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1. "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - (Lady Windermere's Fan)

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

2. "I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability."

3. "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

4. "America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself."

5. "The very essence of romance is uncertainty." - (The Importance of Being Earnest)

6. "Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes." - (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

picture of Oscar Wilde with the quote, 'Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.'

7. "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." - (The Portrait of Mr. W. H.)

8. "I am not young enough to know everything."

9. "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit." - (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

10. "Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood." - (Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, And Other Stories)

11. "A good friend will always stab you in the front."

12. "We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language."

13. "A fashion is merely a form of ugliness so absolutely unbearable that we have to alter it every six months!"

14. "Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it." - (The Critic as Artist)

picture of Oscar Wilde with the quote, 'Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.'

15. "As for modern Journalism, its not my business to defend it. It justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarest." - (The Critic as Artist)

16. "As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular." - (The Critic as Artist)

17. "It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." - (Lady Windermere's Fan)

18. "My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all." - (Lady Windermere's Fan)

19. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple." - (The Importance of Being Earnest)

picture of Oscar Wilde with the quote, 'The truth is rarely pure and never simple.'

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

21. "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - (The Soul of Man Under Socialism)

22. "In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever." - (The Soul of Man Under Socialism)

23. "The English are always degrading truths into facts. When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value." - (A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated)

24. "Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer." - (A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated)

picture of Oscar Wilde with the quote, 'Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.'

25. "In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody." - (A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated)

26. "Only the shallow know themselves." - (Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young)

27. "In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential."

28. "America never has been discovered...I myself would say that it had merely been detected."

29. "Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

30. "Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power."

picture of Oscar Wilde with the quote, 'Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.'

31. "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." - (A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated)

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

33. "I can resist anything except temptation." - (Lady Windermere's Fan)

34. "Who, being loved, is poor?"

35. "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

36. "Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them." - (A Woman of No Importance)

37. "We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell."

38. "Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success."

picture of Oscar Wilde with the quote, 'Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.'

39. "No good deed goes unpunished."

40. "Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."

41. "I like men who have a future and women who have a past."

42. "The world is a stage and the play is badly cast."

43. "Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast." - (An Ideal Husband)

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

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

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

46. "Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul." - (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

47. "Everything in moderation, including moderation."

48. "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." - (Lady Windermere's Fan)

49. "The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death." - (Salomé)

50. "Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed." - (A Woman of No Importance)



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