Friday, 16 October, marks the 161st birth anniversary of Irish author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde. He was one of the most popular playwrights during the 1980s and had a knack for bringing satire and wit while documenting the events of the time.

From novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray," to his play "The Importance of Being Earnest", Wilde is known for many of his works, and here, we have compiled some of the best phrases penned by him for his illustrious work.

  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
  • The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
  • There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
  • Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.
  • Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to change it every six months.
  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.
  • I don't want to go to heaven; none of my friends are there.
  • It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  • There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
  • I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
  • To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
  • I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
  • The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
  • There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

If you are intrigued by these quotes to read some of Oscar Wilde's work, we strongly suggest "The Picture of Dorian Gray", "The Importance of Being Earnest", "Lady Windermere's Fan". "An Ideal Husband" and "A Woman of No Importance". 

Let us know which is your favourite work of Oscar Wilde in the comments section below.