Oscar Wilde Quotes

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.
“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”
The heart was made to be broken.
“The heart was made to be broken.”
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”
Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.
“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.”
To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.
“To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.”
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”
I'm a man of simple tastes. I'm always satisfied with the best.
“I'm a man of simple tastes. I'm always satisfied with the best.”
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
“The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.”
Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.
“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.”
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
Who, being loved, is poor?
“Who, being loved, is poor?”
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
Hearts live by being wounded.
“Hearts live by being wounded.”
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”
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.
“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.”
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”
I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person.
“I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person.”
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.
“I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
“I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.”
It is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder.
“It is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder.”
Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.
“Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”
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.
“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.”
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.”
Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.
“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.”
Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
“Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.”
You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
“You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
Live. Live the wonderful life that is in you. Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.
“Live. Live the wonderful life that is in you. Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”
I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
“I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”