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Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde

Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Basil Hallward, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Lady Basildon: Ah! I hate being educated!
Mrs. Marchmont: So do I. It puts one almost on a level with the commercial classes, doesn’t it
An Ideal Husband, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Divorces are made in Heaven.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I don’t want to earn a living; I want to live.
Oscar Wilde

In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Hester: We have the largest country in the world, Lady Caroline. They used to tell us at school that some of our states are as big as France and England put together.
Lady Caroline: Ah! you must find it very draughty, I should fancy.
A Woman of No Importance, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Women have no appreciation of good looks; at least, good women have not.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

The man who says his wife can’t take a joke, forgets that she took him.
Oscar Wilde

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
Oscar Wilde

Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means, suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Cheveley, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Somehow I don’t think I shall survive to see the new century – if another century began and I was still alive, it would really be more than the English could stand.
To friend in 1900, knowing he was going to die, Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
Oscar Wilde

To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don’t think it right.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

One has never heard his name before in the whole course of one’s life, which speaks volumes for a man, nowadays.
A Woman of No Importance, Lady Caroline, Act 1, Oscar Wilde