Today is Oscar Wilde’s birthday! Wahoo! Why do we care? Well, besides the fact that he was an exceptionally profound intellectual, poet, playwright, novelist, and genius epigram creator, he also authored many of the popular quotes that Gen-Y’s use in their yearbooks or post on their Facebook statuses.
So let’s celebrate the man whose words are still applicable today -- as evidenced by your friend’s status onslaught of “Wilde-isms” after her breakup. After all, who better to take advice from than the man who said himself, “I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself”?
Take a look! There’s something for everyone…
When describing Miley Cyrus
"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."
What Kanye West tells himself every morning in the mirror
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
On justifying that abortion
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
What we find out too late in the job world after college
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."
After a really wild night out
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
When you wake up next to a 2 that you thought was a 10
"It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly."
"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
When your boyfriend asks to do anal
"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live."
What JAPs say without a hint of irony
"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
Why you’re still single
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
Monday morning when you’re still hungover from the weekend
"Work is the curse of the drinking classes."
Douchebag mentality in a nutshell
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
What Jerry Sandusky said after he got fired
"I can resist everything except temptation."
Why you cheated on your boyfriend
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."
Kids who peaked in High School
"Everything popular is wrong."
Why ghetto babies come into this world
"Who, being loved, is poor?"
George W. Bush’s Administration
"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."
Why really pretty girls are also really, really damaged
"No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly."
What single people keep telling themselves
"When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her."
Why the government is still shutdown
"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between."
Why you stopped dating
"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
What Amanda Bynes said when she checked into a mental hospital
"I have nothing to declare except my genius."
Why Jews have to marry other Jews
"There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose."
The eternal bachelor’s mentality
"How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive."
Why we hate pretty much everyone
"There is no sin except stupidity."
"True friends stab you in the front."
Why you read Elite Daily
"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."
Actually just a really solid quote from Oscar Wilde
"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all."
Because of Hollywood couples…
"The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life."
Kim Kardashian’s painful existence
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
The reason private schools were created (to overcome this)
"Genius is born -- not paid."
Jay Gatsby’s arrogance
"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."
Why Taylor Swift still has friends
"Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much."
Life’s hard truth
"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is."
What happens after you finish school
"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
Why you have more enemies than friends
"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."
Why Kris Jenner should not have procreated
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
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