Top 50 Best Inspiring Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde Quotes: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early 1890s. We hope you enjoy our list of Oscar Wilde Quotes.

Common Ask Questions about Oscar Wilde

What were Oscar Wilde's last words?

Oscar Wilde’s last words were reportedly “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.”

Where did Oscar Wilde die?

July 19, 1909

Did Oscar Wilde have children?

Two Sons, Cyril Holland and Vyvyan Holland

Our Favorite Oscar Wilde Quotes

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”

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

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.”

“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.


“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

“I am not young enough to know everything.”

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

“Hearts are made to be broken.”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

“You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

“With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?”

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”


“To define is to limit.”

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

“I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

“I can resist anything except temptation.”

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”

“A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.”

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

“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.”

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”