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

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

WeatherOscar Wilde
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Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

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

Love, Sun, GardenOscar Wilde
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Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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

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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.

Flowers & RosesOscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism
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Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

Forgiveness & MercyOscar Wilde
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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

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

MemoriesOscar Wilde
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Women are made to be loved, not understood.

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

Love, GardenOscar Wilde
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Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

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Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

Work & Carreer, AlcoholOscar Wilde
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Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.

Children & Childhood, ParentsOscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray
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What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

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

Laughing & Smile, Truth, CriticismOscar Wilde
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To regret one's own experience is to arrest one's own development.

ExperienceOscar Wilde (Irish Author)
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Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and by far the best ending for one.

Laughing & Smile, FriendshipOscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray
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The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.

Blasphemy, PopularityOscar Wilde
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Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

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

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

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

Dreaming, AmbitionOscar Wilde
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Life is far too important to be taken seriously.

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

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

ArtOscar Wilde
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One can survive everything nowadays except death.

Oscar Wilde, Oscariana
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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.

DeathOscar Wilde - The Canterville Ghost
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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.

ArtOscar Wilde
 
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To be great is to be misunderstood.

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

ExperienceOscar Wilde
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People are either charming or tedious.

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

LifeOscar Wilde (1854-1900, irisch-englischer Schriftsteller)
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I can resist everything except temptation.

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

Love, Men & WomenOscar Wilde
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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

Humanity, Knowledge, CuriosityOscar Wilde
 
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What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Humanity, Money, ValuesOscar Wilde
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I have the simplest tastes: I am always satisfied with the best.

AmbitionOscar Wilde
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