Oscar Wilde lived an extraordinary life – one that was punctuated by spectacular highs and lows, most of which tended to be quite public. Much of that is reflected in his writing, especially in his legendary wit, through which he seems to have spared no one! Here are our favorite one liners from him – 

  1. On being authentic – 

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

   2. On being brilliant – 

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

3. On one’s perspective –

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”

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4. On giving women their due –

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being”.

5. On marriage –

“Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.”

6. On rising above –

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

7.  On enjoying people’s company – 

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

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8.  On judging people –

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

9. On being a Good Samaritan –

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

10. On telling the truth –

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

If these have brought a smile to your face, come witness more of his genius in our 30 Day Short Story Challenge, where we make one of his most famous stories free for a day – The Happy Prince! Join the challenge if you haven’t already, here !


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