60 Wise & Funny Oscar Wilde Quotes

Which are your favorite Oscar Wilde quotes? 

Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet, novelist, and playwright. After experimenting with different writing forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Today He’s remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

We’ve put together this collection of the best Oscar Wilde quotes:


60 Wise Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

2. “Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.” – Oscar Wilde

3. “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde

4. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” – Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

9. “The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.” – Oscar Wilde


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10. “The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.” – Oscar Wilde


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

12. “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

16. “I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.” – Oscar Wilde

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

18. “Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.” – Oscar Wilde

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


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


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

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

23. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde

24. “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

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

26. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

27. “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

28. “I can resist anything except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde

29. “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” – Oscar Wilde


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30. “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.” – Oscar Wilde


31. “No good deed goes unpunished.” – Oscar Wilde

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

33. “The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

34. “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde

35. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

36. “You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” – Oscar Wilde

37. “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” – Oscar Wilde

38. “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” – Oscar Wilde

39. “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


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40. “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


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

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

43. “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” – Oscar Wilde

44. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

45. “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” – Oscar Wilde

46. “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.” – Oscar Wilde

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

48. “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde

49. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde


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


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

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

53. “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

54. “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.” – Oscar Wilde

55. “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

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

57. “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde

58. “To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde

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

60. “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” – Oscar Wilde



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