Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
- Oscar Wilde

Nothing ages like happiness.
- Oscar Wilde

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
- Oscar Wilde

It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.
- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

When one is in love one begins by deceiving one's self. And one ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

When the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers.
- Oscar Wilde

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.
- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

The way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
(Der einzige Weg, eine Versuchung loszuwerden, ist, ihr nachzugeben.)
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray)

Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong.
- Oscar Wilde

There is no sin except for stupidity.
- Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

No man has real success in this world unless he has a woman to back him, and women rule the world.
- Oscar Wilde

Passion makes one think in a circle.
- Oscar Wilde

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us.
- Oscar Wilde

Art never expresses anything but itself.
- Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
- Oscar Wilde, Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.
- Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
- Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
(Alle Kunst ist zugleich Oberfläche und Symbol. Wer unter die Oberfläche geht, tut es auf eigene Gefahr.)
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray)

Das Ziel des Lebens ist Selbstentfaltung. Seine eigene Natur vollkommen zu verwirklichen - dafür ist jeder von uns da.
- Oscar Wilde, Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray

It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal. I hope you will never fall into that error. If you do, you will be sorry for it.
- Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Mr. W. H.