Quote: Oscar Wilde

The last post about Gil Scott-Heron’s quote made me think about my all-time favourite quote, from Oscar Wilde.

I read this in my early teens, and it resonated with me so much, I have remembered it my whole life. He didn’t actually say it in conversation, but he wrote it as a line in one of his plays, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’.

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

44 thoughts on “Quote: Oscar Wilde

  1. I only lie in the gutter during the day…but I’m happy to report that yesterday I saw stars!
    Today, I have a huge welt on my head where I got struck by a 7-iron: “Get out of the gutter, you idiot! We’re trying to play golf here!

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  2. I’ve read lots of Wilde this summer and find myself laughing out loud at the plays and stories. I did find a line buried in one of his stories or plays that stuck with me, but can’t which one. Nonetheless here it is: “Strange how little we know ourselves.”

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  3. another beautiful quote from O. Wilde, Pete. one of his quotes that i always remember is: “every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” these words keep me grounded all the time.
    best to you 🙂

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