Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright, best known for work such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Many of Wilde’s plays were satirical comedies. Each comedy mocked the Victorian society, making fun of London’s social hierarchy and the masks worn by the Upper Crust — the social class composed of the wealthiest members of society.
Oscar Wilde lived an extravagant life, got married, became a father, and had a love affair with a young man named Alfred Douglas. (I believe this was the order of the events.)
Besides his great literary work, Wilde is highly remembered for his flamboyant style and infamous imprisonment for his homosexuality.
In love with the principles of aestheticism — “art for art’s sake” — Oscar Wilde put on paper some undeniably beautiful work and some really meaningful sayings.
Here are 22 Oscar Wilde quotes that make a perfect combination of beauty, wit and wisdom:
You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
A good friend will always stab you in the front.
To define is to limit.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
I can resist anything except temptation.
Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
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!