Oscar Wildeisms

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

“An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.”

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

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

“I can resist anything except temptation.”

“Be yourself; everybody else is already taken.”

“Experience is merely the name men give to their mistakes.”

“Irony is wasted on the stupid.”

“Create yourself. Be yourself, your poem.”

“Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

“I put my talent into my works; I put my genius into my life.”

“Perhaps one never seems so much at one’s ease as when one has to play a part.”

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”

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

“I wrote when I did not know life; now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no need to write. Life cannot be written, life can only be lived.”

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

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