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Sharing the Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde, on his birthday


Irish writer, Oscar Wilde’s only novel Picture of Dorian Gray fell into my hands, as an impressionable teenager, and made me want to write witty-wise aphorisms, too!

Thank you, Oscar, for your sparkling bon mots — I wouldn’t be referred to as one of the foremost contemporary writers of aphorisms without your brilliant example.

Below, as an homage, are a selection of his ever quotable sayings:

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

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

For he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.



  1. Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations for Oscar Wilde's Salome.
  2. Starry Night Over the Rhone by Van Gogh

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