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 thetruth.     

Oscar Wilde

I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.     

Oscar Wilde

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.     

Oscar Wilde

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.     

Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness     

Oscar Wilde

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.     

Oscar Wilde

In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.     

Oscar Wilde

He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven.     

Oscar Wilde

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.     

Oscar Wilde

Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

My first impressions of people are invariably right. right, people.     

Oscar Wilde

True friends stab you in the front.     

Oscar Wilde

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.     

Oscar Wilde

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.     

Oscar Wilde

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.     

Oscar Wilde

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.     

Oscar Wilde

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.     

Oscar Wilde

Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us.     

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

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.     

Oscar Wilde

No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

You can only be yourself everybody else is taken.     

Oscar Wilde

The heart was made to be broken.     

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

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.     

Oscar Wilde