250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, the early 1890s saw him become one of the most popular playwrights in London. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for gross indecency for consensual homosexual acts, imprisonment, and early death at age 46. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new “English Renaissance in Art” and interior decoration, and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversational skill, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into what would be his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French while in Paris but it was refused a licence for England due to an absolute prohibition on the portrayal of Biblical subjects on the English stage. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late-Victorian London. At the height of his fame and success, while The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) was still being performed in London, Wilde prosecuted the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel. The Marquess was the father of Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. The libel trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with men. After two more trials he was convicted and sentenced to two years’ hard labour, the maximum penalty, and was jailed from 1895 to 1897. During his last year in prison, he wrote De Profundis (published posthumously in 1905), a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. On his release, he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. We bring you the compilation of the best Oscar Wilde Quotes, hope you like it.

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250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

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

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.— Oscar Wilde

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

He hasn’t an enemy in the world, and none of his friends like him. -Oscar Wilde

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

About foxhunting: The unspeakable chasing the uneatable.— Oscar Wilde

The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.— Oscar Wilde

The aim of life is selfdevelopment. To realize one’s nature perfectly  that is what each of us is here for.— Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.— Oscar Wilde

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

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.— Oscar Wilde

My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. -Oscar Wilde

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

To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. -Oscar Wilde

I know not whether laws be right, Or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long. -Oscar Wilde

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesmanlike habits, supplies their demands.— Oscar Wilde

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

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

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is    quite useless.— Oscar Wilde

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.— Oscar Wilde

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.— Oscar Wilde

The only excuse for creating something useless is that one admires it intensely.-Oscar Wilde,-

Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude.— Oscar Wilde

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling I have always cultivated.— Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. -Oscar Wilde

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

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.— Oscar Wilde

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A welltied tie is the first serious step in life.— Oscar Wilde

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

It is not the prisoners who need reformation, it is the prisons. -Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.— 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

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. -Oscar Wilde

The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. -Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as romance in our day, women have become too brilliant; nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman. -Oscar Wilde

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.— Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

Punctuality is the thief of time. -Oscar Wilde

…my dear boy, no woman is a genius. They are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.— Oscar Wilde

Live the wonderful life that is in you.— Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde

The very essence of love is uncertainty.— Oscar Wilde

Science is the record of dead religions.— Oscar Wilde

Being natural is simply a pose.— Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.— Oscar Wilde

Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. -Oscar Wilde

When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve. -Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation. -Oscar Wilde

One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.— Oscar Wilde

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.— Oscar Wilde

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

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.— Oscar Wilde

Things are in their essence what we choose to make them. A thing is, according to the mode in which one looks at it. -Oscar Wilde

Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not.— Oscar Wilde

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same— Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.— Oscar Wilde

Divorces are made in heaven.— Oscar Wilde

There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.— Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship; and it is by far the best ending for one.— Oscar Wilde

Pessimist – one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. -Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves. -Oscar Wilde

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

I have nothing to declare but my genius. (As he passed through customs)— Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?— Oscar Wilde

Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat.— Oscar Wilde

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

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It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.— Oscar Wilde

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.— Oscar Wilde

People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately.— Oscar Wilde

It often happens that the real tragedies in life occur in such an inarticulate manner that they hurt one by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style.— Oscar Wilde

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

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.— Oscar Wilde

When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.— Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back again. -Oscar Wilde

Dreamers can find their way by moonlight and their only punishment is that they see the dawn before the rest of the world.— Oscar Wilde

All authority is quite degrading.— Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.— Oscar Wilde

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

A poet can survive everything but a  misprint.— Oscar Wilde

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

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.— Oscar Wilde

A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written. -Oscar Wilde

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

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.— Oscar Wilde

The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. -Oscar Wilde

My wallpaper and i are fighting a duel to death. One or the other has to go.— Oscar Wilde

The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.— Oscar Wilde

Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography. -Oscar Wilde

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is that things are what they are and will be what they will be. -Oscar Wilde

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.— Oscar Wilde

Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us. -Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

When I was young, I thought money was the most important thing in life. Now that I’m old I know it is. -Oscar Wilde

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

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.— Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. -Oscar Wilde

When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.— Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly. -Oscar Wilde

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

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. -Oscar Wilde

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.— Oscar Wilde

Why was I born with such contemporaries— Oscar Wilde

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America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.— Oscar Wilde

I can resist anything but temptation.— Oscar Wilde

Democracy is the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.— Oscar Wilde

Genius is bornnot paid.— Oscar Wilde

A country where the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. -Oscar Wilde

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

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.— Oscar Wilde

There is a luxury in selfreproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.— Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

Like dear St. Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success.— Oscar Wilde

If England treats her criminals the way she has treated me, she doesn’t deserve to have any. -Oscar Wilde

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

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

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.— Oscar Wilde

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.— Oscar Wilde

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

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. -Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.— Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.— Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.— Oscar Wilde

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. -Oscar Wilde

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. -Oscar Wilde

One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.— Oscar Wilde

The basis of optimism is sheer terror. -Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde: “I wish I had said that.” Whistler: “You will, Oscar; you will.— Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. -Oscar Wilde

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.— Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.— Oscar Wilde

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.— Oscar Wilde

At every single moment of one’s life, one is going to be no less than what one has been. -Oscar Wilde

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

A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can you want? -Oscar Wilde

Wisdom comes with winters.— Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all. -Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. -Oscar Wilde

A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do.— Oscar Wilde

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

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For he who lives more lives than one, more deaths than one must die. -Oscar Wilde

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.— Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. -Oscar

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

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. -Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.— Oscar Wilde

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

I can believe anything, provided it is incredible. -Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.— Oscar Wilde

For he who lives more lives than one More deaths than one must die. -Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of geniusis higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.— Oscar Wilde

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. -Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is the only thing to live for. Nothing ages like happiness. -Oscar Wilde

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing. -Oscar Wilde

I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.— Oscar Wilde

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.— Oscar Wilde

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.— Oscar Wilde

That would be hypocrisy. -Oscar Wilde

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.— Oscar Wilde

Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.— Oscar Wilde

The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women… merely adored.— Oscar Wilde

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.— Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.— Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.— Oscar Wilde-

True friends stab you in the front.— Oscar Wilde

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

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

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

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

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

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

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. -Oscar Wilde

Men become old, but they never become good. -Oscar Wilde

Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life.— Oscar Wilde

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

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Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humaor is provided to console him from what he is.— Oscar Wilde

The best way to make children good is to make them happy. -Oscar Wilde

To be on the alert is to live; to be lulled into security is to die. -Oscar Wilde

Always! That is the dreadful word … it is a meaningless word, too. -Oscar Wilde

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.— Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. (The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895)— Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox  the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.— Oscar Wilde

Men know life too early, women know life too late. -Oscar Wilde

Marriage is the one subject on which all women agree and all men disagree. -Oscar Wilde

250+ Oscar Wilde Quotes with a modern life approach

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

Thirty five is a very attractive age; London society is full of women who have of their own free choice remained thirtyfive for years.-Oscar Wilde

When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck men risk theirs.— Oscar Wilde

Philanthropic people lose all sense of Humanity, it is their distinguishing characteristic.— Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. -Oscar Wilde

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

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

Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.— Oscar Wilde

When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong. -Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything. -Oscar Wilde

I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.— Oscar Wilde

She is a peacock in everything but beauty.— Oscar Wilde

Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.— Oscar Wilde

He has never written a single book, so you can imagine how much he knows.— Oscar Wilde

Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.— Oscar Wilde

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

I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.— Oscar Wilde


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