Inspirational Epigrams by Oscar Wilde (#346)

Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, poet and playwright It’s the birthday of Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, poet and playwright. Born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, in Dublin on 16th October, 1854, Oscar Wilde is famous for his plays and his confinement and untimely death at age 46. His prominent works include The Picture of Dorian Gray (a novel), Salome (a play), An Ideal Husband (a play), and The Importance of Being Earnest (a play).

Oscar Wilde is also famous for his intellectual humor and witty epigrams. Some of his most famous one-liners include, “Life is never fair. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” And, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Below are some more of his most inspirational epigrams.

At age 40, Oscar Wilde was arrested and subsequently convicted for two years of hard labor for “gross indecency.” His health deteriorated when he got out of prison and moved to Paris. For the next four years, he travelled around Europe and died of cerebral meningitis on November 30, 1900.

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Inspirational Epigrams by Oscar Wilde

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
Oscar Wilde

The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
Oscar Wilde

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Oscar Wilde

The only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and with his environment.
Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself; and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde

I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the house-tops.
Oscar Wilde

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Oscar Wilde

A sentimentalist is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of a single thing.
Oscar Wilde

I always pass on good advice. It’s the only thing to do with it. It is never any use to oneself.
Oscar Wilde

The only form of lying that is absolutely beyond reproach is lying for its own sake.
Oscar Wilde

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Oscar Wilde

True friends stab you in the front.
Oscar Wilde

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