Oscar Wilde Quote

“To realize one’s nature perfectly—that is what each of us is here for.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1890 book The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ch. 2 (Lord Henry)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1891 essay The Soul of Man under Socialism

Oscar Wilde Quote

“… there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1892 play Lady Windermere’s Fan, Act 2 (Lord Darlington)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“Life is never fair … And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” — Oscar Wilde Source: An Ideal Husband, Act 2, 1894 (Lord Goring)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“Life’s aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one.” — Oscar Wilde Source: A Woman of No Importance, Act 3, 1892 (Lord Illingworth)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” — Oscar Wilde Source: letter to Robert Ross, 1 April 1897 (sent from Reading Gaol)