Oscar Wilde – Book quotes.

Philosopher, playwright, poet, he is one of England’s most famous and scandalous writes of 1890s. The youngest son in the family of Irish intellectuals, Oscar Wild was highly accomplished and educatedб showing signs of talent since his childhood.

He is mostly known for his play The Importance of Being Earnest and his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. However, one will be surprised to discover the versatility of his talent. His literary legacy includes short stories, fairy tales, essays, and a series of dialogues. He was also known for his lectures on aesthetes that took him as far as America.
The name of Oscar Wild became known to the public due to his ingenious plays. Full of exquisite paradoxes that are widely cited even nowadays, the plays ironically portray the life of upper class. The newspapers of the time pronounced him to be “the best of present-day playwrights”. However, readers all over the world are still captivated by the refined language and insatiable wisdom of his works.

Although the life of Oscar Wild was a struggle, full of ups and downs, including arrest, imprisonment and exile for admitting openly his homosexuality, the influence of his genius on the world’s literature could hardly be overestimated. The life of the writer itself could be a sophisticated plot of one of his masterpieces


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

“I am not young enough to know everything.”

“The heart was made to be broken.”

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

“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 tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

“I can resist anything except temptation.”

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

“To define is to limit.”

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”

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

“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.”

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

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