Oscar Wilde
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

- Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

- Oscar Wilde

When people talk to me about the weather, I always feel they mean something else.

- Oscar Wilde

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No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

When people agree with me, I always feel that I must be wrong.

- Oscar Wilde

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.

- Oscar Wilde

Starvation, not sin, is the parent of modern crime.

- Oscar Wilde

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only thing one never regrets are one's mistakes.

- Oscar Wilde

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

- Oscar Wilde

I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

- Oscar Wilde

In America the President rules for four years and journalism governs for ever and ever.

- Oscar Wilde

High hopes were once formed of democracy, but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.

- Oscar Wilde

A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite and a woman who moralises is invariably plain.

- Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love, this is the reason one should never marry.

- Oscar Wilde

What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

- Oscar Wilde

The only thing that consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.

- Oscar Wilde

Philanthropy seems to me to have become simply the refuge of people who want to annoy their fellow creatures.

- Oscar Wilde

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The history of women is the history of worst tyranny the world has ever known: the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that ever lasts.

- Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt to people whom we personally dislike.

- Oscar Wilde

To get back one's youth one has merely to repeat one's follies.

- Oscar Wilde

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

To be natural is such a difficult pose to keep up.

- Oscar Wilde

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility.

- Oscar Wilde

To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.

- Oscar Wilde

When one is in love one begins by deceiving oneself. And one ends by deceiving others. This is what the world calls a romance.

- Oscar Wilde

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.

- Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

- Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.

- Oscar Wilde

I never came accross anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, log-stupid and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simply beasts. I would sooner have fifty unnatural vices than one unnatural virtue.

- Oscar Wilde

Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it.

- Oscar Wilde

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never any good to oneself.

- Oscar Wilde

Murder is always a mistake - one should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

Life is much too important a thing to talk seriously about it.

- Oscar Wilde

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.

- Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

- Oscar Wilde

There is a good deal to be said for blushing, if one can do it at the proper moment.

- Oscar Wilde

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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, concious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.

- Oscar Wilde

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.

- Oscar Wilde

The only duty we owe history is to rewrite it.

- Oscar Wilde

Fathers should neither be seen or heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.

- Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves.

- Oscar Wilde

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

- Oscar Wilde

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

- Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them ... rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

- Oscar Wilde

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

- Oscar Wilde

A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.

- Oscar Wilde

Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.

- Oscar Wilde

We have to distrust each other. It's our only defence against betrayl.

- Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

- Oscar Wilde