21 Quotes by Oscar Wilde that are sharp and witty

Quotes-by-Oscar-WildeDo you enjoy a  memorable quote, dear reader?

Do you want to improve your understanding of the human condition?

As a result of his many memorable quotes, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde left us with a wealth of sharp and witty observations about life and the human condition.

To illustrate the point, today I offer you 21 quotes by Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde’s witty observations usually come with an essential truth at their core and they’re both enlightening and entertaining.

For me, his quotes are some of the best you’ll read anywhere.

So, take a minute to read them and inevitably you’ll reflect on life’s meaning and you might just develop a better understanding of the human condition too.

Quotes by Oscar Wilde can be useful when you need to reinforce a message in a presentation. So, why not see how many of them you can work into your day?

Quotes by Oscar Wilde (1-10):

  1. True friends stab you in the front.
  2. Only the shallow know themselves.
  3. The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
  4. Women are made to be loved, not understood.
  5. Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
  6. To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
  7. Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by mediocrities.
  8. Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
  9. When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
  10. I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

Quotes by Oscar Wilde (11-21):

  1. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
  2. The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. I can resist everything but temptation.
  3. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
  4. There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.
  5. There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
  6. It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
  7. Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
  8. When men love women they give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.
  9. Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
  10. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
  11. 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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