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.'

It is absurd to say that the age of miracles is past. It has not yet begun. Oscar Wilde
Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. Oscar Wilde
A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position. Oscar Wilde
The truth about the life of a man is not what he does, but the legend which he creates around himself Oscar Wilde
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray. Oscar Wilde
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. Oscar Wilde
Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. Oscar Wilde
Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones. Oscar Wilde
Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial. Oscar Wilde
An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. Oscar Wilde
To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Oscar Wilde
Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern. Oscar Wilde
The woods of Arcady are dead, And over is their antique joy; Of old the world on dreaming fed Gray Truth is now her painted toy. Oscar Wilde
In judging of a beautiful statue, the aesthetic faculty is absolutely and completely gratified by the splendid curves of those marble lips that are dumb to our complaint, the noble modelling of those limbs that are powerless to help us. Oscar Wilde
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. Oscar Wilde
Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes. Oscar Wilde
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. Oscar Wilde
Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. Oscar Wilde
Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. Oscar Wilde
I have a theory that it is always the women who propose to us, and not we who propose to women. Oscar Wilde
To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the oppurtunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable. Oscar Wilde
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. Oscar Wilde
A mans face is his autobiography. A women's face is her work of fiction. Oscar Wilde
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.... Oscar Wilde
People who love only once in their lives are... Shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination Oscar Wilde
A kiss may ruin a human life. Oscar Wilde
God and other artists are always a little obscure. Oscar Wilde
Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment. Oscar Wilde