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.


The one charm of the past is that it is the past.     

Oscar Wilde

Hearts live by being wounded.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

A kiss may ruin a human life.     

Oscar Wilde

Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.     

Oscar Wilde

A flower blossoms for its own joy.     

Oscar Wilde

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.     

Oscar Wilde

Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.     

Oscar Wilde

Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.     

Oscar Wilde

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.     

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

The only real people are the people who never existed.     

Oscar Wilde

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.     

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

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

Oscar Wilde

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.     

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

Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things.     

Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a mans last romance.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.     

Oscar Wilde