Top 10 Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde(October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish poet, playwright, and novelist. His best known works include his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his comedies Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Play About a Good Woman, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Here are Oscar Wilde’s top ten wittiest quotes:


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

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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

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

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The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.

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

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You can never be overdressed or overeducated.



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

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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Sorrow, Forgiveness, Sad, Sadness


Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.

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Thank you Oscar Wilde!

Interesting Oscar Wilde Facts:

  • His mother was a poet and father a doctor.
  • He dated Florence Balcombe, who later became Bram Stoker’s wife.
  • He met Walt Whitman, another famous literary figure.
  • He also wrote children’s stories in his collection The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

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