Quotes by Oscar Wilde

Hearts live by being wounded.
– Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.
– Oscar Wilde

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

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

God’s eternal laws are kind- and break the heart of stone.
– Oscar Wilde

Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
– Oscar Wilde

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

Science is the record of dead religions.
-Oscar Wilde

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

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women’s husbands.
– Oscar Wilde

A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.
– Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
– Oscar Wilde

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
— Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial.
– Oscar Wilde

The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding.
– Oscar Wilde

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