Quotes by Oscar Wilde

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
– Oscar Wilde
I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
– Oscar Wilde
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
– Oscar Wilde
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
– Oscar Wilde
If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.
– Oscar Wilde
If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.
– Oscar Wilde
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
– Oscar Wilde
If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself you rise from the table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified your days.
– Oscar Wilde
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
– Oscar Wilde
In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
– Oscar Wilde
In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
– Oscar Wilde
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
– Oscar Wilde
In England people actually try to be brilliant at breakfast. That is so dreadful of them! Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
– Oscar Wilde
In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust.
– Oscar Wilde
In married life three is company and two none.
– Oscar Wilde
It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.
– Oscar Wilde
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.
– Oscar Wilde
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
– Oscar Wilde
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
– Oscar Wilde
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
– Oscar Wilde