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.


You can never be overdressed or overeducated.     

Oscar Wilde

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect simply a confession of failures.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.     

Oscar Wilde

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.     

Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.     

Oscar Wilde

The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.     

Oscar Wilde

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.     

Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances     

Oscar Wilde

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.     

Oscar Wilde

Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical.     

Oscar Wilde

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Punctuality is the thief of time.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.     

Oscar Wilde

To be premature is to be perfect     

Oscar Wilde

A grapefruit is just a lemon that saw an opportunity and took advantage of it.     

Oscar Wilde

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.     

Oscar Wilde

Individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age.     

Oscar Wilde

Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force.     

Oscar Wilde

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Medievalism, with its saints and martyrs, its love of self-torture, its wild passion for wounding itself, its gashing with knives, and its whipping with rods - Medievalism is real Christianity, and the medieval Christ is the real Christ.     

Oscar Wilde

Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.     

Oscar Wilde