Oscar Wilde ~ Wit and Wisdom

Oscar Wilde: Photograph taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony

I suppose it’s fair to say that I was reared on Oscar Wilde as both my parents loved his sharp wit. Today marks the anniversary of his death in 1900 at the young age of 46.

So many quotable quotes but here are a few to ponder:

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. 

True friends stab you in the front

Men always want to be a woman’s first love, women like to be a man’s last romance.

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

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

Is there a specific quote from Oscar Wilde that sticks in your mind?

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

21 thoughts on “Oscar Wilde ~ Wit and Wisdom”

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

    True friends stab you in the front.
    Oscar Wilde

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

    He was a funny man!

  2. “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

    “Some cause happiness wherever they go; other whenever they go.”

    Yes, a Wise and funny man…

  3. “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
    Always loved Wilde …

  4. Jean, Oscar Wilde, but Thornton and Gene Wilder (Oh, I do wear out that tired old joke). As for Oscar, I find some wisdom in the following caution he has offered:

    “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

    That I am alive can be attributed to having taken that advice on more than one occasion.

  5. “Moderation is a fatal thing, nothing succeeds like excess” which always reminds me of my eldest son’s oft quoted line – “Everything in moderation, including moderation” ( not sure where he got that from).

    1. Sandy, it’s a great one alright. I’m not sure if it was in one of his plays or if he actually said it. It would be great to be still thinking so wittily at the very last minute.

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