Here is a good selection of Oscar Wilde quotes about life, experience, love , friendship and also from his book The Picture Of Dorian Gray.

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Oscar Quotes On Life

“Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable”

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

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

“The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.”

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

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

“They’ve promised that dreams can come true – but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.”

“The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.”

“Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.”

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

“Only the shallow know themselves.”

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.”

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

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

“It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.”

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

“Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.”

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

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

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

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

“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.”

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

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

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

“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

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

“I can resist anything except temptation.”

“Each of us has heaven and hell in him…”

“A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.”

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”

“I like men who have a future and women who have a past.”

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

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

“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”

Oscar Wilde Quotes On Experience

“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.”

“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.”

Oscar Wilde Quotes On Love

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

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

“When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.”

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.”

“Life is one fool thing after another where as love are two fool things after each other.”

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

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

Oscar Wilde Quotes On Friendship

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

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

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.”

Oscar Wilde Quotes From The Picture Of Dorian Gray

“The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play.”

“One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.”

“As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her daughter, she is perfectly satisfied”

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible….”

“An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.”

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

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”

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

“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”

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

“When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”

“To define is to limit.”

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

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.”

“Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”

“Religion? The fashionable substitute for Belief.”

“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.”

“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

“The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

“Its a beautiful woman’s fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes”

“You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.”