The page includes the very best Oscar Wilde love quotes (we have another page on more general famous Oscar Wilde quotes).  The very popular Irish playwright and literary London figure wrote several plays about relationships, in which his observations about love and human behaviour in the romantic context – and in the institution of marriage – pour out in abundance. Most of these Oscar Wilde love quotes are very well-known and often quoted as amusing reflections on those states by lovers and married people about their own sitution.

Lovers and married couples were observed by Wilde from the outside and dealt with lightheartedly in the plays, while his major poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol contains his deeper feelings on the subject of love. The phrase ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ comes from this poem, and has become an iconic phrase in reference to the LGBT community. The poem itself is rather sad and completely devoid of the lightness and cynical acidity of Wilde’s general quotes about love and marriage.

So with this in mind, and without further ado, here’s our pick of the very best Oscar Wilde love quotes:

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being”.

Oscar Wilde love quote

“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“The heart was made to be broken.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

Oscar Wilde love quote

What do you think of all of these Oscar Wilde love quotes – any great one’s we’re missing? Let us know in the comments section below!

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