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Oscar Wilde on Life:Quotes

Updated on June 8, 2012

Sayings of Oscar Wilde

The Dublin born playwright has given us many great and memorable life quotes .He was a man of great wit ,and an expert craftsman of paradoxes.

I think his sayings are popular  as many of us can relate to them, and we can see how much they mirror real life. Here are some of my Favourites.

Great Quotes


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

I don't recognise you -I have changed a lot.

Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them as much.

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

To love yourself is the beginning of a life long romance.

I can resist anything but temptation

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.

The idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Anyone can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friends success.


There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.

When one is in love,one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends up by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

To get back to my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early,or be respectable.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Last Word

As is the case with many great wits, he liked to have the last word.

Even on his deathbed ,as he sipped champagne he quipped, "I am dying beyond my means."

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