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.


Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.     

Oscar Wilde

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.      

Oscar Wilde

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 to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.     

Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.      

Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.     

Oscar Wilde

A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?     

Oscar Wilde

Bad manners make a journalist.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.     

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

The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.     

Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.     

Oscar Wilde

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.     

Oscar Wilde

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.     

Oscar Wilde

I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person.     

Oscar Wilde

There's this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.     

Oscar Wilde

No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you'll never get through it without your friends.     

Oscar Wilde

The heart was made to be broken.     

Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.     

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

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

Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness.     

Oscar Wilde

The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde