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.


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

Oscar Wilde

Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.     

Oscar Wilde

A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.     

Oscar Wilde

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity.     

Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.     

Oscar Wilde

A virtuous abstinence from the joys of pederasty comes most easily to those who have no taste for it.     

Oscar Wilde

The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.     

Oscar Wilde

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relatives.     

Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.     

Oscar Wilde

Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness.     

Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.     

Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.     

Oscar Wilde

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.     

Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.     

Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.     

Oscar Wilde

To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.     

Oscar Wilde

Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, life wouldn't be worth living.     

Oscar Wilde

If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.     

Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.     

Oscar Wilde

The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world's sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer.     

Oscar Wilde

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.     

Oscar Wilde

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde