We've talked about Oscar Wilde's sad final years, but we're sure that he'd prefer to have been remembered above all for his sparkling—and often cutting—wit. Below, we've collected seven of his most pointed barbs. Use with caution.
He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him.
An excellent man: he has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
On Alexander Pope
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.
Reportedly said in conversation
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.
Pall Mall Gazette, Aug. 4, 1886
On the British
Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.