Quotes by Oscar Wilde

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
– Oscar Wilde

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.
– Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
– Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
– Oscar Wilde

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

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
– Oscar Wilde

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

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

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
– Oscar Wilde

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.
– Oscar Wilde

The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life
– Oscar Wilde

Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not
– Oscar Wilde

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
– 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

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
– Oscar Wilde

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The play was a great success, but the audience was a failure.
– Oscar Wilde

It was only in the theatre that I lived.
– Oscar Wilde

Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn’t so, life wouldn’t be worth living.
– Oscar Wilde

Football is all right as a game for rough girls but is hardly suitable for delicate boys.
– Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.
– Oscar Wilde

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

Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life’s lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile.
– Oscar Wilde

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
– Oscar Wilde

Those whom the gods love grow young.
– Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments; men always are.
– Oscar Wilde

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