“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

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

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Never love anybody who treats you like you're ordinary.”

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”

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

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

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

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

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”

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

“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.”

“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

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

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”

“I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”

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

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

“I am not young enough to know everything.”

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

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

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

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

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

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

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

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

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

“You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

“Hearts are made to be broken.”

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

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.”

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

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

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

“A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.”

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

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

“If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.”

“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.”

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

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

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

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

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

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

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”

“The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

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

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”

“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

“A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.”

“The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.

Oscar Wilde

1854 - 1900