Celebrated as one of the greatest wits to ever live, Oscar Wilde’s greatest quotes are some of literature’s most repeated lines.
From his brilliant plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest to his classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde’s words were always as ingenious as they were entertaining.
As the world’s first gay icon, his work still shines just as brightly today. Wilde brought colour and flamboyance to the drab conservatism of Victorian England.
Here are a few of our favourite Oscar Wilde greatest quotes.
“To me, the life of a businessman who eats his breakfast early in the morning, catches a train for the city, stays there in the dingy, dusty world of the commercial world, and goes back to his house every evening, and after supper to sleep, is worse than the life of a galley slave- his chains are golden instead of iron.”
“Nothing is worth doing except what the world says is impossible.”
“Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” “I have always been of the opinion that consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
“The only form of fiction in which real characters do not seem out of place is history.”
“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
“Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Here are a few more of our favourite Oscar Wilde greatest quotes
“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.”
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”
“I like men who have a future and women who have a past.”
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
“By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”
“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”
“To define is to limit.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am
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