Oscar Wilde

Author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as numerous plays and essays, Oscar Wilde was also a prolific epigrammatist.

epigrammatist
n. Someone who writes an epigram (any meanings)

epigram
n. a pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way

Here are some of my favorite quotes by Mr. Wilde:

“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”

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

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

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

“Sooner or later we have all to pay for what we do.”

(On Art)
“All art is immoral.”
“Art is Individualism, and Individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force.”
“The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art.”

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

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

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

“A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”

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

“Only the shallow know themselves.”

“The things people say of a man do not alter a man.
He is what he is.
Public opinion is of no value whatsoever.”

“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.”

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

“If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it.”

(and my very favorite)
“One should always be in love.
That is the reason one should never marry.”

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