Quotes by Oscar Wilde


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

Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go.
– Oscar Wilde

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

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.
– Oscar Wilde
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
– Oscar Wilde
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
– Oscar Wilde
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
– Oscar Wilde
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
– Oscar Wilde
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
– Oscar Wilde
A true friend stabs you in the front.
– Oscar Wilde
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
– Oscar Wilde
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
– Oscar Wilde
All art is quite useless.
– Oscar Wilde
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
– Oscar Wilde
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
– Oscar Wilde
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
– Oscar Wilde
Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
– Oscar Wilde
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
– Oscar Wilde
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
– Oscar Wilde
Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
– Oscar Wilde