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.

On attractiveness

He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him.

From "The Birthday of the Infanta", The House of Pomegranates (1892).

On friends

An excellent man: he has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.

Quoted by George Bernard Shaw in a letter to Ellen Terry, 25 September 1896.

On family

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.

From The Importance of Being Earnest

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

On marriage

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.

From The Picture of Dorian Grey

On literature

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.

From Intentions