Oscar Wilde Quotes

Irish poet and playwright

A kiss may ruin a human life.
– Oscar Wilde

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

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

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
– Oscar Wilde

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.
– Oscar Wilde

With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.
– Oscar Wilde

If you cannot prove a man wrong, don’t panic. You can always call him names.
– Oscar Wilde

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
– Oscar Wilde

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
– Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise
– Oscar Wilde

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

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
– 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

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

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

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

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

Charity creates a multitude of sins.
– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
– Oscar Wilde

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

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
– Oscar Wilde

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

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

I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
– Oscar Wilde

One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.
– Oscar Wilde

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

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
– Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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