Best Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde, who wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray among other works, had an extraordinary wit.
The Top Ten
1 Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.


2 Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
3 In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
4 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.
5 The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
6 Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
7 I have nothing to declare, except my genius!
8 We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
9 There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
10 Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The Contenders
11 I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
12 To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
13 Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
14 Women are made to be loved, not understood.
15 Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
16 When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
17 Imagination was given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
18 Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
19 'Know thyself' was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, 'Be thyself' shall be written.
20 Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
21 There is no sin except stupidity
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