A good friend will always stab you in the front.
A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.
I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
I can resist everything except temptation.
I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
I like men who have a future and women who have a past.
I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
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.
Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
No man is rich enough to buy back his own past.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously – and have somebody find out.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.
There is no sin except stupidity.
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Who, being loved, is poor?
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.
Yet each man kills the thing he loves.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
/ Oscar Wilde