Oscar Wilde Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Oscar Wilde quotes, Oscar Wilde sayings, and Oscar Wilde proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.

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

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

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When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.     

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The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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

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

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The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.     

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

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I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting.     

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Women are made to be loved, not understood.     

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Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders.     

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

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Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.     

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Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys.

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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.

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The heart was made to be broken.

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

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.

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You can never be overdressed or overeducated.     

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

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

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The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.     

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After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.

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Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone.

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

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

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