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.


Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.     

Oscar Wilde

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.     

Oscar Wilde

Divorces are made in heaven.     

Oscar Wilde

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.     

Oscar Wilde

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.     

Oscar Wilde

The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously and have somebody find out.     

Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.     

Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.     

Oscar Wilde

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.     

Oscar Wilde

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.     

Oscar Wilde

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.     

Oscar Wilde

There is no sin except stupidity.     

Oscar Wilde

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.     

Oscar Wilde

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.     

Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.     

Oscar Wilde

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.     

Oscar Wilde

In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.     

Oscar Wilde

Out of doors one becomes abstract and impersonal. One's individuality absolutely leaves one.     

Oscar Wilde

because to influence a person is to give one's own soul.     

Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.     

Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.     

Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought. There is immoral emotion.     

Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.     

Oscar Wilde

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.     

Oscar Wilde

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.     

Oscar Wilde

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.     

Oscar Wilde