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Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde

I have made an important discovery… that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effects of intoxication.
Oscar Wilde

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn’t so, life wouldn’t be worth living.
An Ideal Husband, Lord Goring, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
Oscar Wilde

Men become old, but they never become good.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

I have nothing to declare except my genius.
To customs in New York, Oscar Wilde

A bad woman is the sort of woman a man never gets tired of.
A Woman of No Importance, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.
Of wallpaper in room where he was dying, Oscar Wilde

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

Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolen, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Oh, I love London society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what society should be.
An Ideal Husband, Mabel Chiltern, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Bigamy is having a wife too many, monogamy is the same.
Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Oscar Wilde

Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not for delicate boys.
Oscar Wilde

Young women of the present day seem to make it the sole object of their lives to be always playing with fire.
A Woman of No Importance, Lady Caroline, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde