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Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde

I work hard at being idle.
Oscar Wilde

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

Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Hester, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
An Ideal Husband, Lord Goring, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

The bride’s second great disappointment.
On Niagara Falls as American honeymoon destination, Oscar Wilde

We live in the age of the over-worked, and under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

A true friend stabs you in the front.
Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die they go to Paris. And when bad Americans die, they go to America.
A Woman of No Importance, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I can’t help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I am dying as I have lived: beyond my means.
On his deathbed drinking champagne, attributed, Oscar Wilde

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
Oscar Wilde

The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women … merely adored.
An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Cheveley, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Phrases and Philosophies for the use of the Young, Oscar Wilde

She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

It is awfully hard work doing nothing.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.
A Woman of No Importance, Lord Illingworth, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Woman begins by resisting a man’s advance and ends by blocking his retreat.
To customs in New York, Oscar Wilde