Oscar Wilde Quotes

Some Quotes Of Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde was a celebrated Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist who was born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. He was the second child of Sir William Wilde, a renowned surgeon, and Jane Francesca Wilde, a writer and socialite. Wilde grew up in an affluent household and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford. His early exposure to literature and the arts shaped his artistic sensibilities and influenced his writing style.

Wilde’s works were marked by his wit, irony, and satire, and he is widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures of the aesthetic and decadent movements of the late 19th century. Some of his most famous works include the plays “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “An Ideal Husband,” as well as his novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Wilde’s writing often explored themes of societal norms, sexuality, and morality, and his unconventional views and lifestyle made him a controversial figure in his time.

Sadly, Wilde’s life was marked by personal tragedy and scandal. In 1895, he was convicted of “gross indecency” for his homosexual relationships, which were illegal at the time. He was sentenced to two years of hard labor and his health rapidly deteriorated during his imprisonment. Wilde was released from prison in 1897, and he lived out the remainder of his life in exile in France. He died on November 30, 1900, in Paris at the age of 46. Despite the controversy surrounding his personal life, Wilde’s literary legacy has continued to captivate readers and inspire artists to this day.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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

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

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

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

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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

Oscar Wilde Quotes
Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

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

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

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

I can resist anything except temptation.

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

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

I am not young enough to know everything.

Oscar Wilde Quotes
Oscar Wilde Quotes

I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.

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

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.

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

No good deed goes unpunished.

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

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

Oscar Wilde Quotes
Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes.

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.

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

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.

Oscar Wilde Quotes
Oscar Wilde Quotes

The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance.

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

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

I can’t stand people who do not take food seriously.

I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean.

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.

There is no sin except stupidity.

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