Famous Oscar Wilde quotes

Great and funny Oscar Wilde quotes and sayings about love, life, marriage

One of the most prominent poets and playwrights of the 19th century, Oscar Wilde is revered by many for his depiction of the realism of the human condition through the use of humor, tragedy, and social and political satire.

Oscar Wilde was an advocate for truth, believing that truth is rarely one-dimensional, and we must work to differentiate between the gray areas of truth to seek the appropriate moral ground. We all begin from nothing, and although it is true that great opportunity is afforded to some due to their upbringing or class status, mistakes are made by both the just and the unjust. It is simply a matter of learning from your tribulations, and using them as growth experiences, that provides enhancement of character and success.

Wilde’s teachings offer us insight into the importance of recognizing your present circumstances, and accepting them as such. It is then that we can see ourselves clearly and move forward toward achieving our future goals. In Wilde’s eyes, there was great respect in striving for an education, and achieving your dreams, especially in the face of extenuating circumstances. Through the expansive collection of famous Oscar Wilde quotes and works of writing, his legacy teaches us to use the greatest tools at our disposal, our imagination and will to succeed, to battle social oppression and the expectations of society.

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

  • The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

  • To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

  • There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

  • To define is to limit.

  • Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

  • You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.

  • Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

  • Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

  • No good deed goes unpunished.

  • The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

  • The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.

  • The man who says his wife can’t take a joke, forgets that she took him.

  • Dammit Sir, it’s your duty to get married. You can’t always be living for pleasure!

  • I am not young enough to know everything.

  • All trials are trials for one’s life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.

  • I really don’t see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal.

  • True friends stab you in the front.

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

  • I can resist everything except temptation.

  • A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.

  • Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.

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

  • All great ideas are dangerous.

  • The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

  • The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

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

  • Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.