Quotes by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Quotes by Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

- Oscar WildeArt

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

- Oscar WildeWeather

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

- Oscar WildeCalmness

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

- Oscar WildeLove, Sun, Garden

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

- Oscar WildeExperience, Failures

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

- Oscar Wilde

A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.

- Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under SocialismFlowers & Roses

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

- Oscar WildeForgiveness & Mercy

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

- Oscar WildeJoy

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

- Oscar WildeMemories

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

- Oscar WildeWomen

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

- Oscar WildeLove, Garden

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

- Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

- Oscar WildeWork & Carreer, Alcohol

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

- Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian GrayChildren & Childhood, Parents

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

- Oscar Wilde

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

- Oscar WildeLaughing & Smile, Truth, Criticism

To regret one's own experience is to arrest one's own development.

- Oscar Wilde (Irish Author)Experience

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

- Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian GrayLaughing & Smile, Friendship

The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.

- Oscar WildeBlasphemy, Popularity

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

- Oscar WildeExperience, Failures

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 WildeLearning, Education

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

- Oscar WildeAmbition, Desire

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

- Oscar WildeDreaming, Ambition

Life is far too important to be taken seriously.

- Oscar WildeLife

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

- Oscar WildeHumanity

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

- Oscar WildeArt

One can survive everything nowadays except death.

- Oscar Wilde, Oscariana

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.

- Oscar Wilde - The Canterville GhostDeath

Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror.

- Oscar WildeArt

To be great is to be misunderstood.

- Oscar WildeGreat Works

I am not at all cynical, I have merely got experience, which, however, is very much the same thing.

- Oscar WildeExperience

People are either charming or tedious.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900, irisch-englischer Schriftsteller)Life

I can resist everything except temptation.

- Oscar WildeGreed, Desire

Men always want to be a woman's first love. What women like is to be a man's last romance.

- Oscar WildeLove, Men, Women

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

- Oscar WildeHumanity, Knowledge, Curiosity

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

- Oscar WildeHumanity, Money, Values

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

- Oscar WildeAmbition