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.


I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood.     

Oscar Wilde

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.     

Oscar Wilde

The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets that she took him.     

Oscar Wilde

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.     

Oscar Wilde

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.     

Oscar Wilde

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.     

Oscar Wilde

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.     

Oscar Wilde

A gentleman can live through anything.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.     

Oscar Wilde

The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty, never.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.     

Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die, they go to Paris.     

Oscar Wilde

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.     

Oscar Wilde

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

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

What a silly thing love is! It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything and it is always telling one things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true.     

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

Some red star had come too close to the earth.     

Oscar Wilde

Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.     

Oscar Wilde

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.     

Oscar Wilde

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.     

Oscar Wilde