Greatest Quotes By Oscar Wilde You Need To Know!

Oscar Wilde was one of the most influential poets and playwrights of 20th Century. He is not only regarded as a poet, but as a great philosopher of his time. Being a philosopher, the sayings and quotes by Oscar Wilde are a great lesson in most parts of the life.

Most of the people are not recognized during their lives. But when they are no more their value increases. Such a kind of example was the one and only Oscar Wilde.

The quotes by Oscar Wilde are great to read, listen and write. But Quotes are of no use when one does not apply them in her own life.

It doesn’t mean that every quote or saying by writers or poets is applicable. It all depends on the circumstances and time. Successful leaders don’t rely on just knowledge. They seek motivation and thrive from the quotes of the great personalities.

Some of the best quotes by Oscar Wilde that I read and tried to explore are below:

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

Be Yourself: there is nothing new in this phrase. You may listen to this by some friend, or a teacher, mentor or by your parents. But the second phrase,

Everyone else is already taken; this makes strong sense. A sense of urgency and thrive in one’s life.

Now combine these two pieces together, that’s the great thing we have got. It is about being yourself, regardless of caring and worrying for someone else. When he says that Everyone else is already taken, it means that they are already busy with their matters. They don’t have any profit in you or doing something for you.

What you learn with time and experiences, is that all you have is Yourself! What else you need after this? So, Be Yourself!

I can resist everything except temptation

In general, temptation means a desire to do some stuff. But here, temptation means a strong and energized thirst of doing something awesome. So was the life of Oscar Wilde, he could resist everything, except such kind of temptation.

The lesson learned from his life is that never stop wishing to do something. Yes, you may not do it today, or next week, or this year. But still, you should have a strong desire to do something great once in your life. This quote also teaches a great success lesson for life!

To live is the rarest thing in the world, Most people exist, that is all

In this quote by Oscar Wilde, he exposed one of the hardest truth about life. Not everyone lives because living is the rarest thing in this cruel world. Yes, those billions only exist. They are not living. They are just existing somewhere in this world.

What is his real intent to say this? Is there something more than living? Most of us are sort of living like zombies barely even alive in our true senses.

Therefore, Stop Existing Start Living!

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars


One of the great quotes by Oscar Wilde that focuses on the poverty and hunger that is all around us. He is trying to raise the voice for the poor those who are living a life in the slums.

But among these, some are looking at the stars. These are the people who have hope for a bright future. Those who can challenge the odds and bring up their best. They have uncovered the reasons for being poor.

What we’ve learned is not everyone is happy and in comfort zone. If you are living a luxury life, consider those who are living in miserable conditions.

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future


Quotes by Oscar Wilde are not only about the life but also about the religion. There is a great message in this quote. Actually, there are two messages. The first one is that every saint was once a sinner with a dark past full of sins.

And the second one is, every sinner could become a saint soon. This gives a sense of positivity. There still is a hope for every sinner to be a saint.

What we’ve learned is, All is not lost! When there is light there is hope!

The truth is rarely pure and never simple


In simple words, the truth is bitter and most difficult to accept! It means truth is ironic and so straightforward. It doesn’t care about anyone, you might get hurt.

Like in a recent speech by Oprah Winfrey, she stated,

“The truth exonerates, and it convicts! It disinfects, and it galvanizes! The truth has always been and will always be our Shield Against Corruption! The shield against greed and despair! And now only are you here;

To Tell It! To Write It! To Proclaim It! To Speak It! But… to Be It!”

What you’ve learned, is to be with the truth in all conditions. No matter how much it stings, but stand with the truth!

True friends stab you in the front


A true friend is that who is not afraid to tell you the truth, no matter how harmful it is. Stabs means that he is loyal and caring for you. He knows that if he didn’t stop you from doing that, you may harm yourself.

Lesson learned from this quote is When some of your friends stab you in doing something, trust them. Don’t ignore them. Because real friends are like gems to find but easy to lose in moments.

Women are made to be loved, not understood


Simply, this quote says it all. It doesn’t need any more explanation after this. Women are hard to understand because of their complex nature. They may like you in one minute. But in the next moment, they may punch you in your face. Their brains don’t function like men. It’s 360 tabs open at one time.

What you must learn? [If you are a Man]: Never mess with a woman and you can not understand these complex creatures until or unless you are willing to be understood first.

Life is too important to be taken seriously

Actually, this means that life is too short to worry about everything wrong messing with you. If you get too serious in every matter, you may be existing in this world, but not living your life. If we start focusing on our every single problem very critically, we will never get out of our bed and eventually die.

Therefore, stop over thinking, start living and do not take unimportant things too seriously in life.

Let us know which of these quotes resonate with your life and do you have a favourite quote? Comment below to let us know your thoughts!

Author: Roohan Shah

I am Muhammad Roohan (AKA Rohan Shah) a Geek in Digital marketing, SEO, SEM, Social media, Content Marketing, Growth Hacking, Coding, AI, and Big Data. I love to seek every single opportunity to enhance my entrepreneurship skills and thirst for knowledge covering all domains in Information Technology.

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