Lesser Known Quotes of Oscar Wilde

Most websites pull from the same pool of famous Oscar Wilde quotes, but ignore the lesser known ribald and off-color quotes and witticisms that practically littered his life. These quotes might not appeal to the professors and scholars that decide what gets remembered, but surely everything Oscar Wilde said was worthwhile and revealed something about his personality.

We present these quotes to students as a public service. Including these in a paper or essay will make it stand out.


"Ah, you may refer to the robust evidence of my girth as a pot belly, but truly it a fuel tank for a sodomy machine." - Oscar Wilde at a cocktail party, spring 1881

"M'Lady, there are bosoms and there are bosoms - those are tig old bitties." - Discarded line of dialog from first draft of The Importance of Being Earnest

"I have recently heard a song here in the states called "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and I would like to say to this crowd that any one of you is welcome to yank my doodle, it's a dandy." - The opening joke to his American lecture series

"My death of choice would be the gallows, for then I could at least end life well-hung." - Whispered on his death bed

"If I wanted hear from an ass, I would have farted." - Blurted out during an argument with Bram Stoker

"I'm not as think as you drunk I am." - Used at every cocktail party he attended from 1880 until his death



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