My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.
The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.
Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.
Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.
To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you.
The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.
Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others.
From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it.
Those whom the gods love grow young.
You will care much less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.
To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die.
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
The clever people never listen, and the stupid people never talk.
Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.
Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.