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The Famous Quotes and Sayings of Irish Poet Oscar Wilde

Updated on December 9, 2012

The Famous Quotes and Sayings of Irish Poet Oscar Wilde

His Life and other Works

  • Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, short story writer, journalist who was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin Ireland and died in Paris at the age of 46 on November 30, 1900. He became an outstanding classicist -- being an intelligent and an intellectual at a very young age. He learned French and German at a very young age as well.
  • Raised and born to a very intellectual and prominent parents, it was not difficult for him to become an intelligent persona.
  • He is an interesting persona and known for his biting wit, dress flamboyantly and glittering conversations. His novel is widely known == “ The Picture of Dorian Gray” which brought him into prominence. He is well known writing about the Victoria era in London and his writings are full of statures and social humors. His famous piece “The Importance of Being Earnest “ is widely acclaimed as well.
  • While in France he wrote the terse poem about the harsh life at prison entitled “ The Ballad of Reading Gaol”.
  • Other than these two famous masterpiece of Oscare Wilde, he is also known for his famous quotes and sayings.


Irish Poet Oscar Wilde  photo courtesy of wikipedia
Irish Poet Oscar Wilde photo courtesy of wikipedia

The Famous Quotes and Sayings of Oscar Wilde

"The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic"

"Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes."

"Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects."

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are definitely precious things that can not be taken form you."

"Everything popular is wrong."

"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes".

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

"Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life."

"Hatred is blind, as well as love."

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."

"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being."

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

"A true friend stabs you in the front."

"I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect."

"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies."

"I have nothing to declare except my genius. "
"How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive."

'Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people."

"Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to."

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

"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter."

"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

“Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.”

“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. “
“I am not young enough to know everything.”

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

“I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly can resist everything except temptation.”

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

“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.”

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.”

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

"A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. "

"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."

"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all."

"Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them."

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

"Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away."

"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."

The Famous Quotes and Sayings of Oscar Wilde

"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction."

"A poet can survive everything but a misprint. "

"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

"I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world."

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

"I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works."

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

"I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything".

"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."

"I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy."

"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."

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

"If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized".

"If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk."

"If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world."

"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life."

"If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism."

"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."

"Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means."

"Alas, I am dying beyond my means"

"All art is quite useless."

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."

"All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life."

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."

"Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds."

"Ambition is the last refuge of the failure."

"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between."

"An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him."

"Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there."

"Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion."

"Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.""

"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."

"As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied."

"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular."

"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship."

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."

"Biography lends to death a new terror."

"By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community."

"Charity creates a multitude of sins".


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    • hypnodude profile image


      9 years ago from Italy

      I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde was simply a genius. Great hub, rated and stumbled. And you have a new follower. :)

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      thanks lasep!

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      9 years ago

      I am Oscar Wilde's lifelong fan. Thank you for the hub!

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      9 years ago from US

      Thank you Ann, I appreciate it very much!

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      Ann Nonymous 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      What an excellent hub! There are too many good ones to chose from! Good job, Alexandria!!!

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      Hi Faybe Bay, thanks dear! I appreciate it very much,

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      Hi Princessa, Thank you for visiting this hub

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      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Excellent. I love Oscar Wilde. Rated you up.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I am a fan; my favourite one?

      "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      thank you so much snow white,

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      9 years ago

      aww how I love Oscar Wilde!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whoo!

      "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

      lovely hub!:- )


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