Top 30 Highest-Rated Quotes from Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is one of the most quoted literary figures of all time. Here is list gathered from GoodReads.com of his highest rated quotes.
[Gathered by Regina Kenney]


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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
126,655 likes 

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
67,051 likes 

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
63,548 likes 

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
62,026 likes 

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
38,228 likes

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
21,396 likes

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
18,471 likes

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
14,264 likes 

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
14,114 likes 

“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.”
12,773 likes 

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
11,975 likes 

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
9,307 likes

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
8,999 likes 

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
8,819 likes 

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
8,787 likes 

“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
8,539 likes 

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
7,860 likes 

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
7,680 likes 

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
7,439 likes 

“I am not young enough to know everything.”
7,262 likes 

“The heart was made to be broken.”
6,907 likes

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
6,576 likes 

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
6,484 likes 

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
6,291 likes 

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
5,978 likes 

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
5,896 likes 

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
5,800 likes 

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
5,545 likes 

“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
5,458 likes

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
5,223 likes 

 

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