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The Best Oscar Wilde Quotes

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A list of the best Oscar Wilde quotes. List is arranged by which ones are the most famous Oscar Wilde quotes and which have proven the most popular with visitors to this page. All the top quotes from Oscar Wilde should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more quotes by Oscar Wilde at the end of the list. This list includes notable Oscar Wilde quotes on various subjects; if you are looking for subject-specific quotes, those can also be found on Ranker along with the authors name.

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    14

    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

  • 2
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    10

    Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.

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    11

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

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    8

    Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.

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    6

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

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    8

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

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    6

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

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    13

    Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

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    4

    None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.

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    2

    If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

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    20

    What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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    4

    A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.

  • 13
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    17

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

  • 14
    40
    5

    Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

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    41
    7

    One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.

  • 16
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    4

    The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.

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    13

    There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

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    5

    When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is.

  • 19
    41
    10

    Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

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    6

    We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

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    15

    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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    5

    The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.

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    2

    I have nothing to declare except my genius.

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    32
    8

    Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.

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    17

    Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.