16/10/2012 13:41 BST | Updated 16/12/2012 10:12 GMT

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde: 12 Quotes From Our Sharpest Ever Wit

If history (and medical science) had been different, Oscar Wilde would be celebrating reaching the grand old age of 158 today.

Instead the great playwright, poet and author perished at the tragically young age of 46 -but not before leaving a legacy behind of some of the best-loved witticisms and wisdom in the English language.

To mark the anniversary of his birth, we've compiled our list of the greatest ever Oscar Wilde quotes.

Everyone's got a favourite, but have you heard them all?

Oscar Wilde Quotes