Oscar Wilde Quotations

-Education is an admirable thing, but it’s well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

-When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

-Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.

-We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

-Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

-The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.

-The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

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

-One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.

-Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

-I am not young enough to know everything.

-I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.

-Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.

-Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

-Why was I born with such contemporaries?

-To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

-It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

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

-Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

-Everything popular is wrong.

-One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.

-Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

-The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated.

-The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

-The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.

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

-Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

-A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

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

-The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.

-A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

-He must be quite respectable. One has never heard his name before in the whole course of one’s life, which speaks volumes for a man, nowadays.

-Only the shallow know themselves.

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

-We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

-Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

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