Best quotes by the Irish Dramatist Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
  • goals

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
  • Life

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

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
  • intention



Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
  • enemies

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
  • patriotism

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
  • experience

True friends stab you in the front.
  • Friends

Art provides the language we need to appreciate life.
  • life

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
  • attributed

The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.
  • Belief

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
  • Truth

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

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

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
  • Identity

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

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
  • Men

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

The heart was made to be broken.
  • heartbreak

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
  • Dreams

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

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
  • Sin

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
  • Happiness

No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.
  • Art

Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.
  • Speeches

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
  • Necessity

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
  • Marriage

Punctuality is the thief of time
  • hedonism

The greatest of all sins is stupidity.
  • Ignorance

None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
  • Mistakes


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Oscar Wilde life quotes

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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
  • Life

Art provides the language we need to appreciate life.
  • life

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

The man who says he has exhausted life generally means that life has exhausted him.
  • Life

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

Life is the art of being well deceived, and to succeed, it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
  • life

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
  • life

The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion.
  • Life

We quaff the cup of life with eager haste without draining it, instead of which it only overflows the brim -- objects press around us, filling the mind with the throng of desires that wait upon them, so that we have no room for the thoughts of death.
  • Life

Life! Life! Don't let us go to life for our fulfillment or our experience. It is a thing narrowed by circumstances, incoherent in its utterance, and without that fine correspondence of form and spirit which is the only thing that can satisfy the artistic
  • Life

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

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.
  • money

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
  • absolutely

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

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
  • anything

In married life three is company and two none.
  • company

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

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
  • art

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
  • art

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.
  • life

Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.
  • life

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Oscar Wilde art quotes

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Art provides the language we need to appreciate life.
  • life

No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.
  • Art

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
  • Art

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
  • Art

In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.
  • Art

All art is quite useless.
  • Art

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
  • art

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.
  • art

Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One
  • Art

Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.
  • Art

Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.
  • Art

It is sometimes said that the tragedy of an artist's life is that he cannot realise his ideal. But the true tragedy that dogs the steps of most artists is that they realise their ideal too absolutely. For, when the ideal is realised, it is robbed of its wonder and its mystery, and becomes simply a new starting-point for an ideal that is other than itself.
  • Artist

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

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
  • admire

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
  • art

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
  • art

What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
  • art

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
  • art

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
  • art

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
  • art

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Oscar Wilde marriage quotes

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Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
  • Marriage

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
  • marriage

They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.
  • Marriage

Pardon me, you are not engaged to any one. When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself.
  • Marriage

People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.
  • Marriage

What a fuss people make about fidelity! Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.
  • Marriage

The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.
  • Marriage

When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
  • Marriage

Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
  • Marriage

They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.
  • Marriage

On the whole, the great success of marriage in the States is due partly to the fact that no American man is ever idle, and partly to the fact that no American wife is considered responsible for the quality of her husband's dinners.
  • Marriage

Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.
  • Marriage

London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy.
  • Marriage

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.
  • marriage

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
  • absolutely

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.
  • cigarettes

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Oscar Wilde love quotes

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The heart was made to be broken.
  • heartbreak

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

When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
  • Love

Hearts Live By Being Wounded
  • heart

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

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
  • 1897

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
  • Love

Yet each man kills the thing he loves from all let this be heard some does it with a bitter look some with a flattering word the coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.
  • Love

There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.
  • Love

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
  • love

When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.
  • anything

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
  • blind

Women are made to be loved, not understood.
  • loved

I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.
  • little

Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.
  • life

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Oscar Wilde act quotes

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To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
  • Actions

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

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
  • Actors

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
  • Actors

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
  • accordance

When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.
  • act

I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.
  • act

My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman!
  • act

Cecily. This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade. Gwendolen. [Satirically.] I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different.
  • act

You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake. I am known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I warn you, Miss Cardew, you may go too far.
  • act

Jack. This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose? Algernon. Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is. The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my life. Jack. Well, you've no right whatsoever to Bunbury here. Algernon. That is absurd. One has a right to Bunbury anywhere one chooses. Every serious Bunburyist knows that.
  • act

Indeed, no woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
  • act

Come, dear, [Gwendolen rises] we have already missed five, if not six, trains. To miss any more might expose us to comment on the platform.
  • act

I never change, except in my affections.
  • act

The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
  • action

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I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
  • Excellence

It's absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  • Charisma

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
  • Children

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



A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
  • Gentlemen

The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.
  • Perfection

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

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
  • Fantasy

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

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
  • PlayGames

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
  • courage

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

Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
  • Forgiveness

To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.
  • Romance

A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
  • Pessimism

I can resist anything except temptation.
  • temptation

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
  • Actions

The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  • Attitude

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
  • Contradiction

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

When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is.
  • Money

How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?
  • Sadness

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
  • Conversation

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
  • Experience

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
  • Moderation

He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
  • Romance

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

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

I am dying beyond my means.
  • Death

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
  • Fashion

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
  • Friends

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

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
  • saint

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
  • Face

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.
  • Identity

When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
  • Love

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

There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
  • Blame

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
  • Children

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

Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt.
  • Housework

How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
  • Hypocrisy

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

In America, the President reigns for four years, and journalism governs for ever and ever.
  • Presidency

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
  • Art

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

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

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
  • Happiness

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
  • Romance

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
  • Truth

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.
  • humor

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
  • Argument

Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.
  • Books

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.
  • Cooking

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
  • Determination

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
  • Food

An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
  • Friends

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.
  • Imagination

Pleasure is Nature
  • Pleasure

He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.
  • Profanity

There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.
  • Superstition

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

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
  • Actors

I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.
  • Age

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

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
  • Emotions

For his mourners will be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.
  • Exile

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
  • Family

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

Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
  • Interviews

Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.
  • Men

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

Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
  • Mistakes

If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation.
  • Music

I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky.
  • Nature

A poet can survive anything but a misprint.
  • Poetry

The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.
  • Psychiatry

He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
  • Punctuality

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

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

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
  • Attitude

Charity creates a multitude of sins.
  • Charity

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
  • Devotion

Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.
  • Doubt

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
  • Fate

It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.
  • Humanity

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.
  • Imagination

Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
  • Loyalty

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness.
  • Parenting

Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people.
  • Profanity

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

Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.
  • Romance

Never speak disrespectfully of Society. Only people who can't get into it do that.
  • Society

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
  • Travel

Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
  • Women

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
  • Women

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
  • absolutely

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.
  • death

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
  • Actors

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

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
  • Authors

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
  • Beauty

All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.
  • Charisma

To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing.
  • Communism

There can be nothing more frequent than an occasional drink.
  • Drinking

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
  • Honesty

The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.
  • Humanity

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
  • Religion

Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.
  • Sadness

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
  • Security

He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.
  • Silence

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
  • Taxation

If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
  • Truth

Work is a refuge of people who have nothing better to do.
  • Work

The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.
  • Worry

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
  • work

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

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.
  • truth

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

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
  • America


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