Inspirational Quotes From Oscar Wilde
Here is a collection of 16 inspirational quotes from Oscar Wilde. One of the reasons we have loved his quotes is their absolute simplicity and the inherent strength within the quotes which drive us to think beyond the limitations life has imposed on us to factor in the possibilities and push ourselves towards the success and quality of life we deserve. Without much ado, here are the inspirational quotes from Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 1:
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
This is as simple as it gets – there are thousands of secrets available out there to succeed in life. And we can all get there because we already have an established model to follow – just follow the steps and before you know you will be a success to reckon – or that is what most books say.
But I guess there is something beyond that for success, if it has to go beyond the limitations imposed by the society and people around us, well we better start looking at the challenges in an original way, where we can bring out our true worth and make a difference than mere imitation!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 2:
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
We can have a hundred definitions for richness and each one can be adequately true. However, something that makes the biggest impact is the richness we qualify ourselves with – this is the richness which cannot be measured by the number of cars/houses we have, our bank balance or our real estate holdings. It is something stronger than that and deeper than the tangible – it is the true character of who you are and the ability to bring it out to the world!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 3:
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
This kinda sums it all when we talk about the impact our society and its values have on us. Left to ourselves, without any peer pressure or the pressure of community, we would be off doing a variety of things – some of them beyond our imagination, some of them extremely harmful. Society helps to prevent us from doing the harmful things, but it also slowly starts creating a version of us which is the best fit for itself. If we need to grow beyond that and make our mark, then nothing better than stepping out of the mould to do something worthwhile and creating the difference we like!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 4:
When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
I once read that the worst thing to happen to someone is when all their dreams are realised. It did baffle me a bit since I thought that would be a crazy thing to say. But it gets me thinking, if life were that easy, we would hardly step out of comfort zone to achieve something. We would hardly try to embrace new things which are quintessential for the success. A huge part of living our lives to the fullest is stepping out of the comfort zone to embrace new abilities and challenges. So, there is a flipside to all our wishes not being answered as well.
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 5:
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
This kinda reminds me of the chaos theory. If everyone agrees with us, it means either that we are surrounded by a bunch of yes men who don’t really care about what happens to us or we are living in a fairy land. None of us like getting into arguments but there is no way we are going to find out the truth unless we get into frictions. There is no way we can have all the answers to the questions we are faced with in the world. There is a 50-50 chance we are wrong each time we speak. And sometimes there is a greater chance we are wrong. So, if people seem to be agreeing with you all the time, maybe it is time to talk to someone else and see if you get the same response.
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 6
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
This is as crude as the truth gets – it is never going to be a fair life. There are always going to be people who are better educated, better looking, better resourced, rich and so on. But that doesn’t make us want our goals any lesser. In fact it makes us want to get there even more. So, yeah it might be a good thing or else all of our capacities would have been limited to our birth and there would be no miracles or shifts we can be proud of in our lives. So yeah, it is a good thing that life is not fair – if that was the case it would not be a fair competition after all and the less resourced ones would naturally lose very easily!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 7:
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
This is the reason why we love Oscar Wilde’s quotes. We all exist, we all go through the motion of our lives. But half the time we are not conscious about what is going on in our lives and we seem to just take it as it comes with little control as to where it takes us. Maybe that is the design of life but that doesn’t mean that we need to accept everything that comes our way without a fight. The strongest hint of survival is a fight and it is always going to be like that. True, it might feel that life sucks and we are working very hard – WHO ISN’T – Nothing worthwhile has ever come easy and yeah, in order to live, we need to do the necessary and we need to make it count.
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 8:
Everything popular is wrong.
Oh yes! Follow the herd if you want to. The society and people around us have always taken the safe options so that they do not have to face the pointing fingers. And no wonder all of it has gotten popular – it is safe, it is easy and it has almost become a postulate. The danger here is that we have stopped questioning if it makes any sense to us to follow the same path. The danger is that we become one of those blind people who are led by a faith which doesn’t ask what you really want – the one size fits all rule is one of the most misleading, dangerous paths to choose cos in the end you will have no one to share the blame but everyone to share the credit for your success!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 9:
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
The theory of relativity – if it was not for many people our values would have contained within what we thought were our priorities and what were important to us. The moment we start listening to everything around us, it naturally makes us want to compare and hold on to the treasures – not because it makes a lot of sense to us, but because it gives us an edge over someone else and makes us feel more powerful or rich or superior. Whatever our rationalisation is, it is funny that its internal value doesn’t really change for us but the perception of it surely does! Funny isn’t it?!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 10:
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
A lot has been said about selfishness and people most often seem to confuse that with being self centred. Of course we all have to think about ourselves in life and wonder in a perspective which makes sense to us. We need to define the rules of our lives, the way we want to live it and the things we want to achieve. That is way far from the definition of selfishness.
But that crosses its limit when we start propagating it as the way others have to live as well. It is at this point when we start defining a morbidly selfish person who takes on the role of a preach to define the way people should live. Whether the topic is about religion or beliefs or about anything else, it doesn’t matter – none of the religions ever taught that – it is just a close minded few who want to make their lives easier!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 11:
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
It was not too long ago that we wrote about this quote here: It is natural that we all face challenges and fall flat on our face. And it is equally natural to feel that life is hopeless at such a situation. But that doesn’t really define our entire life does it? it just defines a phase of our life and what we want to do about it. The more we think about the reasons why we suck at life, the more we are going to get. And remember that reasons only get stronger with time. A better approach can be to look at where we want to go and see what our challenges are. It is not about morbidly obsessing about what is lacking, it is about obsessing with what we can do about it to reach the success we desire.
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 12:
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
No one likes a wise ass! It is as simple as that isn’t it? It is quite easy to become a cynic or a much fancier word could be a critic. But being a critic is not all bad – but if you are focussing on the faults all the time, it just rips the pleasure off from actually enjoying the imperfections in life. It is very easy to find faults with the food we get or the temperature or the AC which is not working. But that doesn’t make our lives any better, it just makes us a whiny person who doesn’t want to do anything about it. So yeah, it is not just the price of things that matter but the value associated with it.
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 13:
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
It is a bit tiring when people with fancy degrees think or behave as if they know everything in the world. We all know how true that is but something they all fail to appreciate is that education is supposed to make you humbler and appreciate the values around us and put it in a framework. If they are trying to see how education has made them better than anyone else around them, then the whole purpose of education was pretty lost wasn’t it? The values are more important!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 14:
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
Oh I like this quote – just because of the fact that it calls both the optimists and pessimists evils. Truth is neither one of them is going to ensure complete success in our endeavours. There are a hundred examples where pessimists have performed way better than optimists because they are better at anticipating challenges and problems. Thing is, they seem to forget that the process is sometimes more important than the result alone. So, if the project fails, they don’t just fail the project, instead they choose both evils and fail the process as well.
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 15:
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
This I think was something designed for me. I have always preferred to maintain the role of a silent achiever and it makes me feel quite good about it. I tend to avoid bringing myself out completely because I fear that people might make fun of me and judge me wrongly. But the truth is, they will judge is no matter what, if we are silent – we are the silent ones, if we are talkative – we are the talkative ones, if we are caring – we are the sensitive ones. So yeah, there is going to be a label attached to us. Question is – what are we going to do about it. It is better to be a part of something than being a complete solitary person with a ghostly existence!
Oscar Wilde Inspirational quotes 16:
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
The safest path in life will lead us nowhere and that is what moderation does to us. There is a reason the world is so competitive, there is a natural tendency to notice people who can achieve things beyond their limitations and that is the growth story which most of us are aspiring to achieve. And we would like to be inspired by such people around us and we would like to work on our success stories in a similar fashion to make that difference. Sometimes it is very easy to get sucked into the belief of moderation, but the results as well are going to be moderate. If we want something more than the ordinary in life, well we must go out and do more than the ordinary!