Here are 47 exuberant quotes by the ambitious author and poet, Oscar Wilde.

  1. There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde
  2. Man is at least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde
  3. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Oscar Wilde
  4. 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
  5. There are only two tragedies in life; one is not getting what one want’s, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde
  6. Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde
  7. To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde
  8. 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. Oscar Wilde
  9. Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde
  10. True friends stab you in the front. Oscar Wilde
  11. Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. Oscar Wilde
  12. The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde
  13. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his. Oscar Wilde
  14. When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde
  15. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde
  16. A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. Oscar Wilde
  17. Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. Oscar Wilde
  18. Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. Oscar Wilde
  19. The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… I can resist everything but temptation. Oscar Wilde
  20. To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. Oscar Wilde
  21. Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde
  22. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde
  23. Women are made to be loved, not understood. Oscar Wilde
  24. I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde
  25. Life imitates art far more than art imitates life. Oscar Wilde
  26. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Oscar Wilde
  27. Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance. Oscar Wilde
  28. Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
  29. I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde
  30. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde
  31. Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. Oscar Wilde
  32. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
  33. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar Wilde
  34. Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde
  35. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde
  36. Memory…is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde
  37. One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. Oscar Wilde
  38. It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly. Oscar Wilde
  39. No man is rich enough to buy back his past. Oscar Wilde
  40. To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde
  41. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital. Oscar Wilde
  42. Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde
  43. I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde
  44. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde
  45. Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing. Oscar Wilde
  46. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde
  47. I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde

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