Oscar Wilde Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Oscar Wilde quotes and Oscar Wilde sayings, and Oscar Wilde proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style."

"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people."

"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."

"Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us."

"Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women’s husbands."

"Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die."

"Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation."

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally."

"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means."

"True friends stab you in the front."

"My first impressions of people are invariably right. right, people."

"Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art."

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."

"He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven."

"In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself."

"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last."

"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness"

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."

"The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."

"I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them."

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you thetruth."

"If one tells the truth, one is sure sooner or later to be found out"

"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one’s back, that are absolutely and entirely true."

"Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us."

"The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly deceived."

"When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."

"The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin."

"The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others."

"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything."

"Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."

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