Oscar Wilde Life Quotes

  • Women‍‍`s Corner
  • February 25, 2023

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early 1890s.

1. "The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence." ~ Oscar Wilde

2. "If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want." ~ Oscar Wilde

3. "Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion." ~ Oscar Wilde

4. "With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?" ~ Oscar Wilde

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5. "Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you." ~ Oscar Wilde

6. "Always be a little unexpected." ~ Oscar Wilde

7. "Be moderate in all things, including moderation." ~ Oscar Wilde

8. "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception." ~ Oscar Wilde

9. "You can never be overdressed or overeducated." ~ Oscar Wilde

10. "To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul." ~ Oscar Wilde

11. "Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it." ~ Oscar Wilde

12. "The only way to get rid of tempation is to yeild to it." ~ Oscar Wilde

13. "One's dreams must be big enough so as not to lose sight of them." ~ Oscar Wilde

14. "The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork." ~ Oscar Wilde

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15. "When both a speaker and an audience are confused, the speech is profound." ~ Oscar Wilde

16. "The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, 
there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?" ~ Oscar Wilde

17. "If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit. but if a friend of mine had a sorrow and refused to allow me to share it, I should feel it most bitterly. If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me, I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted so that I might share in what I was entitled to share. If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him, I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation." ~ Oscar Wilde

18. "Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning." ~ Oscar Wilde

19. "The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray." ~ Oscar Wilde

20. "Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won't be invited to cocktail parties." ~ Oscar Wilde

21. "People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately." ~ Oscar Wilde

22. "The best revenge is to live well." ~ Oscar Wilde

23. "The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life." ~ Oscar Wilde

24. "Life is too short to learn German" ~ Oscar Wilde

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25. "I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after." ~ Oscar Wilde

26. "One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry." ~ Oscar Wilde

27. "Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!" ~ Oscar Wilde

28. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness." ~ Oscar Wilde

29. "An idea that isn't risky is hardly worth calling an idea." ~ Oscar Wilde

30. "Live the wonderful life that is in you." ~ Oscar Wilde

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

32. "A man who does not think for himself does not think at all." ~ Oscar Wilde

33. "A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her." ~ Oscar Wilde

34. "Love will fly if held too lightly Love will die if held too tightly . . ." ~ Oscar Wilde

35. "We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell." ~ Oscar Wilde

36. "I have a simple taste, only the best." ~ Oscar Wilde

37. "A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction." ~ Oscar Wilde

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38. "Sooner or later we have all to pay for what we do." ~ Oscar Wilde

39. "How does one cure the soul? Through the senses" ~ Oscar Wilde

40. "Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat." ~ Oscar Wilde

41. "To live in this world is a rare thing; most people just exist." ~ Oscar Wilde

42. "I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them." ~ Oscar Wilde

43. "Any place that we love becomes our world." ~ Oscar Wilde

44. "I have nothing to declare but my genius, and this four-kilo bag of cocaine." ~ Oscar Wilde

45. "You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know." ~ Oscar Wilde

46. "A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave." ~ Oscar Wilde

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47. "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

48. "To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable." ~ Oscar Wilde

49. "History is a lie commonly agreed upon." ~ Oscar Wilde

50. "A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally." ~ Oscar Wilde

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