Quotes from Oscar Wilde

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better.

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.

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

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.

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

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.

My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.

Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

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

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one’s back that are absolutely and entirely true.

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

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

I have nothing to declare except my genuis.

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

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

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