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.


Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.     

Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.     

Oscar Wilde

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose.     

Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.     

Oscar Wilde

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends up blocking his retreat.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.     

Oscar Wilde

Hearts live by being wounded.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.     

Oscar Wilde

The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.     

Oscar Wilde

The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.     

Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.     

Oscar Wilde

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly deceived.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.     

Oscar Wilde

If one tells the truth, one is sure sooner or later to be found out     

Oscar Wilde