1. Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
2. I have nothing to declare except my genius.
3. I am not at all romantic. I am not old enough. I leave romance to my seniors.
4. We Irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks.
5. Some works are patient and have not been understood for a long time because they provide answers to questions that have not yet been asked. These questions did not appear until long after the answers appeared.
6. Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
7. The well bred contradict other people.The wise contradict themselves.
8. Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
9. Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.
10. The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
11. As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
12. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
13. This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
14. What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise
15. Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
16. Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
17. The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
18. Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
19. Life is never fair…And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
20. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
21. I think that God, in creating Man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
22. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
23. A poet can service everything but a misprint.
24. I don not want to earn my living .I want to live.
25. The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.
26. My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has to go.
27. I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
28. To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual
29. 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.
30. Such a wording makes it difficult to argue. He easily takes the truth for himself. No matter how to prove the above statement, the truth always stands on his side.
31. Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
32. Why was I born with such contemporaries
33. Only the shallow know themselves.
34. 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）
35. Wallpaper is getting worse and worse, and I’m getting older and older. There’s always one between the two that needs to disappear first.
36. Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
37. I like men who have a future and women who have a past
38. One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.
39. To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
40. No works of art can express opinions. The opinions belong to people, not artists.
41. A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
42. Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
43. Like dear St Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success.
44. A good theme of its own has no inspiration for artists, it lacks flaws.
45. The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
46. In our time, people read too much, so they are no longer intelligent, think too much, so they are no longer beautiful.
47. Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
48. Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
49. When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers
50. Wicked women bother one. Good women bore one. That is the only difference between them.
51. I adore simple pleasures.They are the last refuge of the complex.
52. Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
53. Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them women will forgive them everything, even their gigantic intellects.
54. Crime is not low-level, but low-level are all crimes.
55. The world has been made by fools that wise men should live in it.
56. The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden…It ends with Revelations.
57. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution
58. Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others
59. A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
60. An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.
61. I can resist everything except temptation.
62. A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
63. The heart was made to be broken.
64. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
65. Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
66. The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
67. The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married.
68. It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
69. Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
70. I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don’t talk politics.
71. Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.
72. There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it.
73. Music makes one feel so romantic—at least it always gets on one’s nerves, which is the same thing nowadays.
74. 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.
75. Women are naturally shrewd in many things. They can hide nothing but the obvious.
76. A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.
77. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
78. There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
79. When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what would calls a romance.
80. The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
81. Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
82. Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes, they forgive them
83. Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.-The Sphinx Without a Secret
84. Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
85. Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
86. I like talking to a brick wall, it’s the only thing in the world that never contradicts me.
87. Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation
88. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
89. Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
90. No great artist ever sees things as they really are ,If he did he would cease to be a artist.
91. 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.
92. Death and vulgarity were the only things in the nineteenth century that could not be evaded by artful argument.
93. Bad artists always admire each other’s work.
94. Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her look like a public building.
95. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
96. Most people discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
97. Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
98. I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.
99. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
100. Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.