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.

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde
To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up. Oscar Wilde
Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. Oscar Wilde
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up Oscar Wilde
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde
A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? Oscar Wilde
Bad manners make a journalist. Oscar Wilde
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Oscar Wilde
Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Oscar Wilde
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. Oscar Wilde
The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. Oscar Wilde
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. Oscar Wilde
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde
I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person. Oscar Wilde
There's this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me Oscar Wilde
Never love anybody that treats you like you're ordinary. Oscar Wilde
No man is rich enough to buy back his past. Oscar Wilde
No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you'll never get through it without your friends. Oscar Wilde
The heart was made to be broken. Oscar Wilde
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde
A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses. Oscar Wilde
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. Oscar Wilde
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness. Oscar Wilde
The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde