Oscar Wilde Quotes and Thoughts
Oscar Wilde Quotes and Thoughts

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

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies -nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Oscar Wilde

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Oscar Wilde

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde

A true friend stabs you in the front.
Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Oscar Wilde

All art is quite useless.
Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

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

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Oscar Wilde

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Oscar Wilde

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Oscar Wilde

When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die they go to Paris.
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

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

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?
Oscar Wilde

Why was I born with such contemporaries?
Oscar Wilde

Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
Oscar Wilde

Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
Oscar Wilde

Yet each man kills the thing he loves, by each let this be heard, some do it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword!
Oscar Wilde

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
Oscar Wilde

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
Oscar Wilde

As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn’t become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him.
Oscar Wilde

At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.
Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of genius – is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Oscar Wilde

Everything popular is wrong.
Oscar Wilde

Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
Oscar Wilde

He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
Oscar Wilde

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