1、When one is in love, one always begins by deceiveing one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what would calls a romance.
2、The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
3、Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
4、My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has to go.
5、No man is rich enough to buy back his own past.
6、The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
7、To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
8、We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
9、Most people discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
10、What is the chief cause of divorce? Marriage.
11、When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love and wise already had one in reserve.
12、No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
13、I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.
14、One can always be kind to people one cares nothing about.
15、We Irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks.
16、What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise
17、The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
18、Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
19、The heart was made to be broken.
20、The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
21、Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
22、Why was I born with such contemporaries
23、A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
24、Only the shallow know themselves.
25、The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… I can resist everything but temptation.
26、Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation
27、I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
28、Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
29、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.
30、Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
31、To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
32、I have nothing to declare except my genius.
33、I like men who have a future and women who have a past
34、Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
35、Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.
36、What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing
37、I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
38、It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution
39、I don’t want to earn my living; I want to live.
40、Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
41、The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
42、When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers
43、Life is never fair…And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
44、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.
45、All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction
46、Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.
47、Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.
48、Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
49、To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual
50、A true friend stabs you in the front.
51、Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
52、The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
53、Hatred is blind, as well as love.
54、Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.
55、Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
56、Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes, they forgive them
57、There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
58、A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.
59、Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative
60、One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.
61、Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others
62、Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography
63、The world has been made by fools that wise men should live in it.
64、Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious; both are disappointed.
65、The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married.
66、Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her look like a public building.
67、When a woman marries again,it is because she detested her first husband.When a man marries again,it is because he adored his first wife.
68、Men become old, but they never become good.
69、The evolution of man is slow. The injustice to man is great.
70、Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
71、The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
72、I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
73、Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
74、A good name, like good will, is got by many action and lost by one.
75、It is absurd to divide people in to good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.-Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1892, Act I
76、Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.-The Sphinx Without a Secret
77、Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
78、Everyone is born king, and most people die in exile.
79、When I was young , I used to think that money was the most important thing in life , now that I am old , I know it is.
80、Don’t be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, don’t believe them.
81、An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
82、Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
83、Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
84、Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
85、Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
86、I am not at all romantic. I am not old enough. I leave romance to my seniors.
87、Wicked women bother one. Good women bore one. That is the only difference between them.
88、Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.
89、And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point of view, it is usually a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.Literary and Other Notes I, Woman’s World （November 1887）
90、A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
91、There is only one real tragedy in a woman’s life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.
92、We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
93、Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.-The Soul of Man under Socialism （1881）
94、If a woman can’t make her mistakes charming, she is only a female.-Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
95、Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications. Our Guildensterns play Hamlet for us, and our Hamlets have to jest like Prince Hal. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.-Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
96、A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
97、A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
98、All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
99、America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
100、Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
101、As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
102、Bad artists always admire each other’s work.
103、Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
104、Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
105、Dammit sir, it’s your duty to get married. You can’t be always living for pleasure.
106、Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
107、Don’t give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can’t wear in the evening.
108、Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
109、I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don’t talk politics.
110、I am not young enough to know everything.
111、I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I’m saying.
112、I have made an important discovery…that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effects of intoxication.
113、I like talking to a brick wall, it’s the only thing in the world that never contradicts me.
114、I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
115、I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.
116、I think that God, in creating Man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
117、I was working on the proof of one of my poems all morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
118、Ignorance is like a delicate flower: touch it and the bloom is gone.
119、It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
120、It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
121、It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
122、It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.
123、It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one’s enemies. It is the successes of one’s friends that are hard to bear.
124、Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.
125、Like dear St Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success.
126、Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
127、Music makes one feel so romantic—at least it always gets on one’s nerves, which is the same thing nowadays.
128、No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
129、One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she’ll tell anything.
130、Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that when I ask for a watercress sandwich I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.
131、The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
132、The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden…It ends with Revelations.
133、The difference between journalism and literature is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
134、The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
135、The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
136、The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.
137、This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
138、Time is a waste of money.
139、Thirty five is a very attractive age; London society is full of women who have of their own free choice remained thirty-five for years.
140、To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
141、When good Americans die they go to Paris. When bad Americans die they go to America.
142、All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
143、Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
144、Women have a much better time than men in this world. There are far more things forbidden to them.
145、Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them women will forgive them everything, even their gigantic intellects.
146、Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.
147、A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
148、Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.
149、Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
150、An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.