Oscar Wilde Quotes

Who is Oscar Wilde?

Wisecrack author and playwright from Dublin, Oscar Wilde is known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the play The Importance of Being Earnest and acting like a bisexual dandy.

Born October 16, 1854
Died November 30, 1900

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“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”

Oscar Wilde

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”

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“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”

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“A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.”

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“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

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

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

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“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

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“Everything popular is wrong.”

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“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?”

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“I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”

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“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

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“I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.”

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

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“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

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“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”

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“The color of truth is grey.”


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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

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“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

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“No good deed goes unpunished.”

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

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

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“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.”

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“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”

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“The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.”

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“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”

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

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“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

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“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”

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“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

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“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.”

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“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”


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