25 Witty Oscar Wilde Quotes

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In 1854 a child named Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills, later known as Oscar Wilde, was born to a wealthy family in Dublin, Ireland. Thanks to the family’s resources, Oscar was able to attend some of the finest schools in Europe and eventually became a celebrated writer and playwright. He soon lived up to the surname he gave himself, Wilde, and gave the world lasting works of fiction like “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Oscar Wilde soon became the darling of London high society, and his razor-sharp wit was the stuff of legends. Although Wilde died penniless and disgraced in 1900, his clever quips still live on and continue to resonate even in today’s modern world.


Since “quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit,” read on to discover 25 of Oscar Wilde’s wittiest quotes.

Wilde’s New Twist on Turning the Other Cheek

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

This is a tried and true approach to moving on. Give the “kill ’em with kindness” approach sometime and see for yourself.


Life Does Have a Way of Smacking Us Down Sometimes

“No good deed goes unpunished.” 

If you’ve ever tried to help someone and gotten into trouble yourself (and who hasn’t?), you too can vouch for the truth in this statement.

There Are Definitely Some Bad Characters Out There

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

Work Is Always Getting in the Way of the Fun Stuff

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”

Challenge Accepted

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

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