Oscar Wilde was born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland.

He grew up in Dublin and studied at Trinity Collegebefore moving to Oxford to pursue his studies at Magdalen College, Oxford. Not only was Oscar Wilde famous for his intelligence, wit and literary style, but he became also became known and famous for his personal life. He died at the age of 46 on the 30th of November 1900.

Top 5 Facts about Oscar Wilde

  • Oscar Wilde wrote various plays, short stories but only one novel – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Oscar Wilde gave lectures in the United States and Canada
  • He married Constance Lloyd on May 29, 1884.
  • Wilde was imprisoned between 1895 to 1897
  • He moved to France in 1897 where he died of meningitis

Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wits

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.

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

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Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.

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Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Experience Quotes from Oscar Wilde

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Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

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I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

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

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The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

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I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.

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Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

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A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

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All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

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I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.

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Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.

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Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

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Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die

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I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean

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He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.

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Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

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In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever

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The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance

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If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

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Married men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not

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

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

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To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people

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Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

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Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.

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Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.

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No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.

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The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.

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The world has been made by fools that men should live in it

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The value of an idea has nothing to do with the success of the man who expresses it

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The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life

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Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.

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The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.

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I don’t want money. It is only people who pay their bills who want that, and I never pay mine.

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The supreme object of life is to live. Few people live. It is true life only to realize one’s own perfection, to make one’s every dream a reality.

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