Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde.
BornOctober 16, 1854
Dublin, Ireland
DiedNovember 30, 1900
Paris, France
Irish poet and playwright. Best known for The Importance of Being Earnest (1899) and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), as well as for his world-famous dry sense of humor.

The repository contains 68 quotes from Oscar Wilde.
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To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.


To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist. The problem is entirely the same in both cases: to know how much oil one must put with oneís vinegar.

Art and Music

To reveal art and conceal the artist is artís aim.


When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.

Men and Women

Woman begins by resisting a manís advances and ends by blocking his retreat.

Men and Women

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

Men and Women

Women give to men the very gold of their lives, but they invariably want it back in small change.


When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.


Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.


It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.


The only thing one can do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.


Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

Media and News

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything except what is worth knowing. Journalists, conscious of this and having tradesman-like habits, supply their demands.

Optimism and Pessimism

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.


The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.


My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.

LiteratureMedia and News

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

Courage and FearOptimism and Pessimism

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.


Oneís real life is often the life that one does not lead.


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

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