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Oscar Wilde quote “A good friend will always stab you in the front”

Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. After experimenting with his writing, in the 1880′s, he became one of London’s most popular play writers. Today he is remembered for plays and beautiful words that have been quoted below in a compilation of 150+ Best Oscar Wilde Quotes on love, life, education, and more.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde quote “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

“It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.”

“Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.”

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.”

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”

“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”

Oscar Wilde quote “Work is the curse of the drinking classes”

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.” – Oscar Wilde

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”

“Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.”

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

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.”

Oscar Wilde quote “Some things are too important to be taken seriously”

“Some things are too important to be taken seriously.” – Oscar Wilde

“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.” – The Canterville Ghost

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

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”

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

Oscar Wilde quote “I like men who have a future and women who have a past”

“I like men who have a future and women who have a past.” – Oscar Wilde

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

“They’ve promised that dreams can come true – but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.”

“I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.”

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

“Life is too short to learn German.”

“I don’t say we all ought to misbehave. But we ought to look as if we could”

“I don’t say we all ought to misbehave. But we ought to look as if we could.” – Oscar Wilde

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”

“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.”

“Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.”

“I have no objection to anyone’s sex life as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses.”

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

Oscar Wilde quote “Memory is the diary we all carry about with us”

“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” – Oscar Wilde

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.” – Lady Windemere’s Fan

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.”

“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”

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

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde

“Everything popular is wrong.”

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

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

“Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

Oscar Wilde quote “Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping”

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.” – Oscar Wilde

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Lady Windemere’s Fan

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

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

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

Oscar Wilde quote “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”

“People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it’s impossible to count them accurately.”

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

“Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.”

“How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?”

Oscar Wilde quote “You can never be overdressed or overeducated”

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”

“One should always be in love. That’s the reason one should never marry.”

“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.”

“Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

“The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork”

“The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.” – Oscar Wilde

“Hearts are made to be broken.”

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.”

“Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.”

Oscar Wilde quote “A flower blossoms for its own joy”

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.”

“I beg your pardon I didn’t recognize you – I’ve changed a lot.”

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – A Woman of No Importance

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”

Oscar Wilde quote “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast”

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.”

“I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.” – The Importance of Being Earnest

“Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.”

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

“” love to talk about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.”

“One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards”

“One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.” – Oscar Wilde

“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”

“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.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

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

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – An Ideal Husband

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.” – The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde quote “A good friend will always stab you in the front”

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

“With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?”

“They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Oscar Wilde quote “Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary”

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”

“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 am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” – The Happy Prince & Other Stories
“A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”

“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” – The Importance of Being Earnest

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

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.” – Oscar Wilde

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”

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

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

Oscar Wilde quote “Everything in moderation, including moderation”

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” – Oscar Wilde

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”

“The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.”

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – De Profundis

Oscar Wilde quote about women “Every woman is a rebel”

“Every woman is a rebel.” – Oscar Wilde

“There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance.”

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”

“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?”

Oscar Wilde altruism quote “The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out”

“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.” – Oscar Wilde

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.” – The Critic As Artist

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

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

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

Oscar Wilde quote “To define is to limit”

“To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – The Importance of Being Earnest

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

“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer”

“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.” – Oscar Wilde

“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

“Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.”

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.”

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

“There is no sin except stupidity.”

Oscar Wilde quote “I have nothing to declare except my genius”

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.” – Oscar Wilde

“The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” – The Importance of Being Earnest

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” – Lady Windemere’s Fan

“Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.” – The Soul of Man Under Socialism

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

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“I can resist anything except temptation.”

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde quote “I am not young enough to know everything”

“I am not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.” – An Ideal Husband

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

“I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there”

“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”

“Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”

“The one charm about the past is that it is the past.”

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

“Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.” – Oscar Wilde

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