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Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,419 ratings  ·  445 reviews
'It would be unfair to expect other people to be as remarkable as oneself'.

Wilde's celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English - and his own genius.

One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Clas
Paperback, Little Black Classics #119, 52 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Penguin Classics (first published 1900)
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Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like if Oscar Wilde had Twitter.
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
Oscar Wilde is funny as he is clever and arrogant. I may have fallen in love with him.
(tearfully) I did it.

Book 3 of BookTube-a-thon is complete!! Prompt: Read an entire book outside.

I literally hated every second of it. The being-outside, not the book. Nature is the worst. I got quite truly eaten alive by bugs, and I'm of the firm belief that if you get bitten by something then you should turn into something cool. When you get bitten by a vampire, you become a vampire. When you get bitten by a radioactive exotic spider in a lab, because the spider escaped its cage/prison even th
Katie Lumsden
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Wilde a this wittiest. I like that this collection of quotes and wit has a nice mix of ironic statements and points that are actually rather serious and pertinent.
Initially, I thought this was going to be a piece of short prose by Wilde and was surprised I couldn't find it in any collections of his works. So I bought the thankfully cheap e-book. It turned out to be a collection of Oscar Wilde's quotes and aphorisms.

It was a pleasant reading experience. Wilde's thoughts are often expressed in a witty and/or provoking manner, and you have to pause to consider the actual meaning behind the amusing phrase. I like his style, and this collection was the pure es
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Pure genius. This is something you should read again and again throughout your life.
Kasa Cotugno
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My grandmother had several hilarious sayings that she would trot out whenever appropriate (e.g., "I can resist anything but temptation;" "Nobody has as much fun as people.") I always thought she was one of the funniest people on earth and then found out she had mostly cribbed her best shots from Oscar Wilde. This little black book is a collection of his bon mots, a good reference work if you wish to appear witty and perceptive until somebody else gets hold of the book in which case you'll be so ...more
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
"one needs mispleasure to live happily,"

a book of truths.


personally, I am a fan of things/truths like this so you cannot imagine how happy I was when I found out that there was a book like this XD. You can simply go open a random page and enjoy something to get you through the day. So many different topics, different arguments, different sides, sigh. This was so good I wish people created more books like these.

this may not be for every one since I don't think everyone actually enjoys readi
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Delightful! Oscar Wilde was as opinionated as they come, but he had a sense of humor:-)

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Piret Pert
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Brilliant selection! My long-time favourite Wilde quote: "The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated." And of course: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” I can go on and on. ...more
Marta Martín Amor
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Wilde would be the king of Twitter.
“My existence is a scandal.”
Condescending, obnoxious and witty as ever, Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite authors of all time. I wish he were my best friend, I would love and hate him at the same time. His cynical, sarcastic style, scandalous remarks and on the spot observations of people make him one of a kind. No wonder he created such brilliant pieces of literature. “Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast” brings together his witty remarks and quotes and it is possible to be overwhelmed
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'd have preferred to read one of Wilde's short stories than simply a book of his quotes. He's certainly a wise and thoughtful man, with an overwhelming passion for art. He also comes across as quite arrogant at times, though. While it's impossible to deny his brilliance, there are moments when you begin to wonder if it is necessary for him to be so pessimistic all the time.

This was a quick read, and not entirely awful, but it's by no means the best that the Little Black Classics collection ha
A delightfully hateful blend of wit and arrogance.

It would be unfair to expect other people to be as remarkable as oneself.


Art only begins where imitation ends...
As with personality.

How marriage ruins a man! It's as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.
Demoralizing. Right back atcha, buddy.

I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.


One is tempted to define man as a rati
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i screamed ‘HAH!’ so many times my throat hurts.
funny, arrogant, brilliant (?), sometimes quite sad, sometimes quite beautiful and most importantly, justified my laziness in the most egotistic way, thanks oscar
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In order to defy Oscar Wilde, I read this book before Breakfast ;-)

This was a collection of witticisms and I have to admit, there have been a few in the Little Black Classics collection that these are not really for me. I feel unsure how to approach them, reading a few at a time is not really my style, and when you read a lot of them, they always end up being rather repetitive. So, while I'm sure Oscar Wilde possessed a lot of wit, I wo
a little book full of quotes by wilde.

one after the other without any connections or explanations of how or why they were said.

which is not really bad i just wish i would have known that it isn’t anything but quotes before i bought it since i am not someone that needs a little booklet filled with them.

but it was an interesting read for the night and wilde certainly was an interesting person with interesting things to say not always good, necessary or true in any sense but still entertaining.

Karina Webster
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great little book of Oscar Wilde quotes. Poignant at times, hilarious at times, there is a great mix in here and I had my pen out underlining words that resonate with me. I can’t give more than three stars as it is what it is: a book of quotes. There’s no depth, no exploration, but i didn’t expect there to be. It will never be someone’s favourite book in the world, but it’s a great insight into an interesting man.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was going to be a short story but it's a collection of musings from Wilde. Almost like a diary of his best quotes spanning class, nature, music and art amongst others.

Fun little page tuner that has a wealth of one liners underlined!
Pouria Roshani
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast / Oscar Wilde / Penguin Books / 52 pages / Date finished: 24 April 2020 / My score to book out of five: four
This is a book full of short quotes about various subjects such as art, literature, language, love, marriage, friendship, truth, nature of human and etc. I should say this guy is very deep, interesting and crazy at the same time lol. Some of the quotes are so deep, some of them are so funny and yet some of them makes no sense at all and you are l
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an absolutely lovely little collection. The Penguin Little Black Classic 'Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast' by Oscar Wilde is exactly what it says on the tin; a collection of Wilde at his wisest, funniest and critical moments.

" I am one of those for are made for exceptions, not for laws."

He crosses themes like art, England and the British people, the meaning of life, friendship and his time in prison. It's touching but also made me giggle quite a lot. He's just the definition of
Eduardo Brito
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-books
As a book it is not widely interesting. The really interesting thing about it is that it is a collection of thoughts put together by Oscar Wilde and written beautifully. It has some really nice phrases in it. He knew how to write and write well and his sense of humour and bitterness is just like listening to The Smiths but in book form.

Everyone should have a look at these musings by Wilde but don't think of it as a book; think of it as a glossary where you go to find new ways to insult people an
Smitha Murthy
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
"Married life is merely a habit, a bad habit." Quotes like this make me fall in love with Oscar darling all over again. An absolutely delightful collection of some of Wilde's most celebrated witticisms. You can't help but chuckle, grin, and smile your way through this little book. ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, short
"Are there not books that can make us live more in one single hour than life can make us live in a score of shameful years?"
Nancy Violet
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, nonfiction
This little book is full of witty remarks akin to what you see on twitter, and I believe that, if he were alive today, Wilde would be there next to the likes of Jabouki and Lil Nas X as the big queer, political and humourous shitposters.
In addition to witty, many of his thoughts and sentiments regarding gender, class, morality, life, history, politics, and art were also quite clever and provoking, and were very much ahead of his time.

This was an enjoyable and quick read that made me laugh and
Hana Jirovska
a list of short quotes without any context which works for some of the quotes but less so for others
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like Oscar Wilde and he was really witty and intelligent. I would have gladly given this 5 stars but some of his thoughts on women and marriage made me cringe. However his thoughts on education (and everything else) were really great!
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, classics
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."

When I grow up I want to be like Oscar Wilde. Witty, rightfully arrogant, and completely sure of himself. What more could one want?
Sabina Manolache
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
What can I say, a cute gathering of quotes of Oscar Wilde. He can be funny, he can be arrogant. Everything should be taken with a grain of salt.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-in-english
the commandments of Oscar Wilde, expert in sass
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being ...more

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