Quotes by Irish Dramatist Oscar Wilde


To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde

Punctuality is the thief of time Oscar Wilde

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite moments. Oscar Wilde

None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves. Oscar Wilde

When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own. Oscar Wilde

Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner. Oscar Wilde

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. Oscar Wilde

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity. 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

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. Oscar Wilde

One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. Oscar Wilde

This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again. Oscar Wilde

His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language. Oscar Wilde

To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing. Oscar Wilde

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist -- the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar. Oscar Wilde

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


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