Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quotes and Sayings

Oscar Wilde Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)

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

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. ~Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. ~Oscar Wilde

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. ~Oscar Wilde

I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means. ~Oscar Wilde

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. ~Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. ~Oscar Wilde

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up. ~Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. ~Oscar Wilde

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands. ~Oscar Wilde

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

In the world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. ~Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. ~Oscar Wilde

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. ~Oscar Wilde

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror. ~Oscar Wilde

But what is the difference between literature and journalism? ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all. ~Oscar Wilde

Biography lends to death a new terror. ~Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. ~Oscar Wilde

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. ~Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. ~Oscar Wilde

Life is too important to be taken seriously. ~Oscar Wilde

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. ~Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything. ~Oscar Wilde

I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability. ~Oscar Wilde

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

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. ~Oscar Wilde

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. ~Oscar Wilde

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

Why was I born with such contemporaries? ~Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves. ~Oscar Wilde

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information. ~Oscar Wilde

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. ~Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. ~Oscar Wilde

I can resist anything but temptation. ~Oscar Wilde

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. ~Oscar Wilde