Oscar Wilde Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Oscar Wilde quotes, Oscar Wilde sayings, and Oscar Wilde proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy. Oscar Wilde
Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt. Oscar Wilde
The brain had its own food on which it battened, and the imagination, made grotesque by terror, twisted and distorted as a living thing by pain, danced like some foul puppet on a stand and grinned through moving masks. Oscar Wilde
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world. Oscar Wilde
Pleasure is the only thing one should live for, nothing ages like happiness. Oscar Wilde
After the first glass you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world. Oscar Wilde
A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset? Oscar Wilde
The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach. Oscar Wilde
There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought. There is immoral emotion. Oscar Wilde
Every impulse we strangle will only poison us. Oscar Wilde
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody. Even one's own relatives. Oscar Wilde
Do not forget that small daily actions do or undo character. Oscar Wilde
The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it. Oscar Wilde
You are beautiful when you are happy. Oscar Wilde
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. Oscar Wilde
A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it. Oscar Wilde
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde
Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. Oscar Wilde
Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back. Oscar Wilde
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Oscar Wilde
In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. Oscar Wilde
In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin. Oscar Wilde
Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities. Oscar Wilde
Newspapers have degenerated. They may now be absolutely relied upon. Oscar Wilde
To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. Oscar Wilde
Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments. Oscar Wilde
I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about. Oscar Wilde
There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad. Oscar Wilde