Oscar Wilde Quotes

Here are some of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes.
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Oscar Wilde Quotes
Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde Quotes Of Love

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.

Where there is no exaggeration there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.

Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.

Life is one fool thing after another where as love are two fool things after each other.

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.

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

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Oscar Wilde was an Anglo-Irish novelist, poet, and writer of numerous short stories, plays and one novel. He became the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London and was a great celebrity

Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.

Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.

A kiss may ruin a human life.

Hatred is blind, as well as love.

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.

When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.

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Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde born in Dublin on October 16th 1854 and Died November 30th 1900.

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one’s clean linen in public.

Who, being loved, is poor?

Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.

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Oscar Wilde was the second son of Sir William Wilde Irelands leading ear and eye surgeon, who wrote books on folklore and archaeology. Oscar’s mother was Jane Francesca Elgee, Lady Wilde, called Speranza and was an Irish nationalist and writer.

Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves -which is the same thing nowadays.

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.

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

They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.

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

One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she’ll tell anything.

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Oscar was educated at home until he was nine years old. He then went to school at the Portora Royal School.

Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each others character before marriage, which is never advisable.

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.

A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.

I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.

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

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

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

Oscar Wilde Quotes Humorous And Inspirational.

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.

I have made an important discovery…that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effects of intoxication.

Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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In 1855 the family moved and Oscar’s sister Isola was born.

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

The English have a miraculous power of turning wine into water.

Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a fat missionary.

It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one’s enemies. It is the successes of one’s friends that are hard to bear.

I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.

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He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin from 1871 to 1874; here he won the Berkeley Gold Medal which was one of the highest awards for students of the classics.

Moderation is a fatal thing, Lady Hunstanton. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one’s clean linen in public.

Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that, when I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.

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After Trinity College he then at Oxford and was one of the most successful and fashionable writers of the nineteenth century, preaching the importance of style and broad-mindedness.

The gods bestowed on Max the gift of perpetual old age.

Ah! Don’t say you agree with me. When people agree with me. I always feel that I must be wrong.

Of course America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.

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

The General was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life.

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After Oxford he went to Magdalen College and then Oxford for another four years, here he won the famous Newdigate Prize for his poem Ravenna.

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. All art is quite useless. It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one’s back, that are absolutely and entirely true.

I can believe anything as long as it is incredible.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.

Too many, no doubt, he will seem blatant and bumptious, but we prefer to regard him as being simply British.

It is very vulgar to talk about one’s business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

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When he was at Magdalen College he became involved in the aesthetic and decadent movements.

I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures.

One must have some sort of occupation nowadays.

If I hadn’t my debts I shouldn’t have anything to think about.

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.

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

Biography lends to death a new terror.

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.

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.

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He started to wear his hair long and scorned “manly” sports.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.

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He would decorate his room with lilies, peacock feathers, sunflowers and china.

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

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

A true friend stabs you in the front.

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means. Alas, I am dying beyond my means.

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

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Wilde was greatly disliked by some of his fellow students, who threw his china out of his room.

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

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

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.

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In May 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, a daughter of wealthy Queen’s Counsel Horace Lloyd.

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Charity creates a multitude of sins.

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Constance was given an allowance of two hundred and fifty pounds which allowed them to live quite well.

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

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

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.

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive. Everything popular is wrong.

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Oscar and Constance had 2 sons Cyril born 1885 and Vyvyan Born 1886

Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

I have nothing to declare except my genius.

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

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In 1895, Oscar Wilde was convicted of”gross indecency”(i.e., homosexual acts) and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labor. While there, he wrote his long poem The Ballad of Reading

After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain.

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

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

I regard the theater 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.

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

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.

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

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Oscar went to Paris under the name of Sebastian Melmoth and died there in poverty of meningitis at the age of forty-six.

Wilde died at the Hôtel d’Alsace, in Paris.

I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.

If one plays good music, people don’t listen and if one plays bad music people don’t talk.

If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

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On his deathbed, he was accepted into the Roman Catholic Church.

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.

Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.

I am not young enough to know everything.

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

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A month before he died, he had commented, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.”

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

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

I can resist everything except temptation.

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After the disgrace Constance took the surname Holland for herself and her 2 sons.

She died following spinal surgery in 1898.

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

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

In married life three is company and two none.

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Her sons Cyril was killed in World War One and Vyvyan served in the war but later became an author and translator.

In 1954 Vyvyan published his father’s memoirs which he called Son Of Oscar Wilde.

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

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

It is always the unreadable that occurs.

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But,it is better to be good than to be ugly.

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

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Vyvyan son Merlin published several works about his grandfather.

Wildes niece Dolly Wilde had a lesbian relationship with writer Natalie Clifford Barney.

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.

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

It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.

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Memories of his witticisms made him immortal.

It is through art and through art only, that we can realize our perfection.

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

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

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

Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

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