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Quotes By Oscar Wilde

Nationality
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DOB
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16-10-1845
DOD
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30-11-1900

Lovers of literature are baffled by the works of this eminent English writer, but there’s more to Wilde apart from his phenomenal literary accomplishments. An interesting episode from the life of this writer is a boat ride which gave many a vague idea about his personality, very little about which is otherwise known to most people. It is believed that a group of reporters once had the privilege of sharing the boat with Wilde. Instead of bombarding the writer with questions pertaining to literature, but these reporters asked him about everything but that. They were interested in exploring his personal life, such as whether he prefers getting his nails clipped and his liking towards eggs, rather than talk about Oscar’s path-breaking works. Wilde, who expected these individuals to ask him something regarding his literary prowess, was put off by the questions of these reporters, which seemed rather silly. Oscar also found the boat journey to be a tad too boring and opined that a storm would have perhaps made the trip an exciting one. Another interesting observation of his fellow travellers was that Oscar’s dressing sense was apparently nothing close to that of a writer. They added that people who didn't know of his greatness would be deceived by Oscar’s external appearance. The boat finally reached the shore and the passengers were welcomed by the officials from the Customs department. One of the officers interrogated Oscar by asking him ‘Do you have anything to declare?’ The intelligent Wilde responded ‘Nothing. Except my genius’.

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

- Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories , Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

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

- The Picture of Dorian Gray , Oscar Wilde

We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.

- The Picture of Dorian Gray , Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

- Oscar Wilde

Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.

- The Critic as Artist , Oscar Wilde

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

- The Soul of Man Under Socialism , Oscar Wilde

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

- Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

- The Importance of Being Earnest , Oscar Wilde

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

- The Picture of Dorian Gray , Oscar Wilde

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

- Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Lady Windermere's Fan , Oscar Wilde

A good friend will always stab you in the front.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

- The Picture of Dorian Gray , Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.

- Oscar Wilde

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

- Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.

- Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man , Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.

- Oscar Wilde

Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.

- The Picture of Dorian Gray , Oscar Wilde

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.

- Oscar Wilde

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

- Oscar Wilde

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

- Oscar Wilde

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.

- Oscar Wilde

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.

- Oscar Wilde

Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one!

- Oscar Wilde

Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.

- Oscar Wilde

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

- 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

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

- Oscar Wilde

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

- Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

- Oscar Wilde

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability

- Oscar Wilde

If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.

- The Importance of Being Earnest , Oscar Wilde

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

- Lady Windermere's Fan , Oscar Wilde

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

- Oscar Wilde

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