Wit and Wisdom from the Divine Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)


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

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
― Oscar Wilde

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

“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.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

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

“The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.”
― Oscar Wilde

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

“There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely―or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
― Oscar Wilde

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”
― Oscar Wilde

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Every effect that one produces gives one an enemy. To be popular one must be a mediocrity.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”
― Oscar Wilde

“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.”
― Oscar Wilde

“To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.”
― Oscar Wilde

“All great ideas are dangerous.”
― Oscar Wilde

“I never take any notice to what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.”
― Oscar Wilde

“The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.”
― Oscar Wilde

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