Oscar Wilde

Born: October 16, 1854

Die: November 30, 1900

Occupation: Writer

Quotes of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

The girl never really lived, and so she has never really died.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman

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Oscar Wilde

Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won't be invited to cocktail parties.

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When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.

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Oscar Wilde

It's the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

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Jack: Actually, I was found. Lady Bracknell: Found? Jack: Uh, yes, I was in... a handbag. Lady Bracknell: A handbag? Jack: Yes, it was... [makes gestures] Jack: an ordinary handbag.

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We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.

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Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

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Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better.

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Oscar Wilde

Love! What is love? It's nothing. It's just a word. It doesn't exist. Only pleasure is important.

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Love will fly if held too lightly Love will die if held too tightly . . .

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Fashion: by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal.

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Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.

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Oscar Wilde

Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.

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Oscar Wilde

Oh, he occasionally takes an alcoholiday.

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Oscar Wilde

If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.

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Oscar Wilde

Where there is no love there is no understanding.

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To be entirely free, and at the same time entirely dominated by law, is the eternal paradox of human life.

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Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginitive

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Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.

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Oscar Wilde

It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world

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Oscar Wilde

It is art, and art only, that reveals us to ourselves.

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Oscar Wilde

A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

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Society, civilized society at least, is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than...

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I usually say what I really think. A great mistake nowadays. It makes one so liable to be misunderstood.

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Oscar Wilde

The very essence of romance is uncertainty.

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Oscar Wilde

It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors.

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In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.

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Oscar Wilde

Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness.

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But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes...

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Oscar Wilde

One should always be a little improbable.

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Oscar Wilde

The longer I live, Dorian, the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us. In art, as in politics, les grand-pères ont toujours tort.

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Life cheats us with shadows. We ask it for pleasure. It gives it to us with bitterness and disappointment in its train.

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Oscar Wilde

The final mystery is oneself.

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Oscar Wilde

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.

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If this is the way Queen Victoria treats her prisoners, she doesn't deserve to have any.

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Oscar Wilde

When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.

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It is perfectly monstrous,' he said, at last, 'the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.

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Oscar Wilde

Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities.

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Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little often share.

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Oscar Wilde

Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, life wouldn't be worth living.

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Oscar Wilde

I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.

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Oscar Wilde

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.

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Poets are not so scrupulous as you are. They know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions." "I hate them for it," cried Hallward. "An artist should create...

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Oscar Wilde

I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.

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Oscar Wilde

But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.

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Oscar Wilde

Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They’re the only things we can pay.

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Oscar Wilde

God knows; I won't be an Oxford don anyhow. I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Or perhaps I'll lead the life of pleasure for a...

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If it took Labouchere three columns to prove that I was forgotten, then there is no difference between fame and obscurity.

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Lo! with a little rod I did but touch the honey of romance — And must I lose a soul's inheritance?

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The honest ratepayer and his healthy family have no doubt often mocked at the dome-like forehead of the philosopher, and laughed over the strange perspective of the landscape that lies beneath him. If...

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Oscar Wilde

It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.

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Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.

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Oscar Wilde

Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.

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Oscar Wilde

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.

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Oscar Wilde

Now art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.

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Oscar Wilde

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it.

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Oscar Wilde

In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.

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The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet’s dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.

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We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful.

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Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after the fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

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Oscar Wilde

The great events of the world take place in the brain...

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Oscar Wilde

I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous.

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Oscar Wilde

I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.

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Even before I met you I was far from indifferent to you.

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Oscar Wilde

Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.

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Oscar Wilde

He hadn’t a single redeeming vice.

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Oscar Wilde

Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.

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Oscar Wilde

I must say... that I ruined myself: and that nobody, great or small, can be ruined except by his own hand.

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Oscar Wilde

You are Beautiful when you are happy

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Oscar Wilde

We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.

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A beautiful woman risking everything for a mad passion. A few wild weeks of happiness cut short by a hideous, treacherous crime. Months of voiceless agony, and then a child born in pain. The mother snatched...

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Oscar Wilde

It is always worth while asking a question, though it is not always worth while answering one.

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Pleasures may turn a heart to stone, riches may make it callous, but sorrows cannot break it. Hearts live by being wounded.

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Oscar Wilde

Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance.

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Oscar Wilde

Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved.

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Oscar Wilde

Whenever life sucks, remember you're going to die someday.

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Oscar Wilde

He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven.

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Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial.

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He is some brainless, beautiful creature, who should always be here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in the summer when we want something to chill our intelligence.

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At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

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Oscar Wilde

Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to absolute oblivion. They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.

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Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method...

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Oscar Wilde

The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.

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Oscar Wilde

London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy.

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It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world

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Oscar Wilde

Love is like a war; easy to start but hard to end and you never know where it might take you.

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Oscar Wilde

Give me the luxuries and I can dispense with the necessities.

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Oscar Wilde

I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who be in jail Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long.

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Oscar Wilde

Genius is born-not paid

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Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.

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Oscar Wilde

The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we...

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Oscar Wilde

For a year after that was done to me I wept every day at the same hour and for the same space of time. That is not such a tragic thing as possibly it sounds to you. To those who are in prison tears are...

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Oscar Wilde

For life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate in farce.

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Oscar Wilde

At every single moment of one's life one is what one is going to be no less than what one has been.

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Oscar Wilde

I love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing I know anything about.

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Oscar Wilde

Ah! The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women...merely adored.

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When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.

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The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.

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Oscar Wilde

There is a fatality about good resolutions – that they are always made too late

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Oscar Wilde

I won't belong to a club that accepts me as a member

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Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other...

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Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions...

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The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away.

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Oscar Wilde

She knew nothing but she had everything he had lost.

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But what world says that [I'm wicked]? It can only be the next world. This world and I are on excellent terms.

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Nothing is so aggravating as calmness. There is something positively brutal about the good temper of most modern men.

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Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious...

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Oscar Wilde

Every woman is wrong until she cries.

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Oscar Wilde

If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.

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Oscar Wilde

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.

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Oscar Wilde

Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!

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Oscar Wilde

The weather still continues charming.

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Oscar Wilde

If we're always guided by other people's thoughts, what's the point in having our own?

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I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.

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Oscar Wilde

Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.

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Oscar Wilde

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.

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Oscar Wilde

Better the rule of One, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.

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Oscar Wilde

Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art.

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Poor? What does that matter? When poverty creeps in at the door, love flies in through the window.

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Oscar Wilde

The truth about the life of a man is not what he does, but the legend which he creates around himself.

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Oscar Wilde

Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king,...

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Oscar Wilde

I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.

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My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.

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Oscar Wilde

He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives.

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Oscar Wilde

The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.

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Oscar Wilde

Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself.

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Oscar Wilde

If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it.

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Oscar Wilde

Oh, why will parents always appear at the wrong time? Some extraordinary mistake in nature, I suppose.

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Oscar Wilde

Be warned in time, James, and remain, as I do, incomprehensible: to be great is to be misunderstood.

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Oscar Wilde

When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.

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Oscar Wilde

Marriage is the one subject on which all women agree and all men disagree.

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Oscar Wilde

Ah, on what little things does happiness depend! I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched.

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Oscar Wilde

Because sometimes you have to do something bad to do something good.

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Oscar Wilde

Conscience makes egotists of us all.

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Oscar Wilde

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.

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My dear Arthur, I never talk scandal. I only talk gossip. What is the difference between scandal and gossip? Oh! Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

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What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn't know the market...

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Oscar Wilde

I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

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Oscar Wilde

every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the...

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Oscar Wilde

Oh, don't cough, Ernest. When one is dictating one should speak fluently and not cough. Besides, I don't know how to spell a cough.

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We call ours a utilitarian age, and we do not know the uses of any single thing. We have forgotten that water can cleanse, that fire can purify, and that the Earth is mother to us all.

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Oscar Wilde

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.

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Oscar Wilde

I may have said the same thing before... but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different.

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Art creates an incomparable and unique effect, and, having done so, passes on to other things. Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps...

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I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious." "Oh, that's nonsense, Algy. You never talk anything but nonsense." "Nobody ever does.

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Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people.

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After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.

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Oscar Wilde

Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing.

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I have grown tired of the articulate utterances of men and things. The Mystical in Art, the Mystical in Life, the Mystical in Nature this is what I am looking for. It is absolutely necessary for me to...

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Oscar Wilde

Alone, and without any reference to his neighbours, without any interference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing; and if he does not do it solely for his own pleasure, he is not an artist at all.

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Oscar Wilde

Be yourself; everyone else is taken.

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Oscar Wilde

Always keep love in your heart.

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Oscar Wilde

When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve.

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Oscar Wilde

I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose.

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Oscar Wilde

Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.

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The aim of the liar is simply to charm, to delight, to give pleasure. He is the very basis of civilized society.

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Oscar Wilde

I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you...

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Oscar Wilde

Every impulse we strangle will only poison us.

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Oscar Wilde

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it

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Oscar Wilde

Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.

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Oscar Wilde

It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties.

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Oscar Wilde

To look wise is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier.

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Ordinary people waited till life disclosed to them its secrets, but to the few, to the elect, the mysteries of life were revealed before the veil was drawn away. Sometimes this was the effect of art, and...

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Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.

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Oscar Wilde

You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.

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I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.

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It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence,...

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Oscar Wilde

There are few things easier than to live badly and die well.

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Man is many things, but he is not rational.

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You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter - a girl brought up with the utmost care - to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel?

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To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the...

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Oscar Wilde

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

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It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack...

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If I hadn't believed it, then I wouldn't have seen it

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We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes...

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I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately...

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In England ... education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and would probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.

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There was so much in you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself. I thought how tragic it would be if you were wasted.

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We have quite the same ideas. No; I think our ideas are quite different. But he has been most pleasant.

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Oscar Wilde

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.

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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.

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Oscar Wilde

The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet,...

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Human life--that appeared to him the one thing worth investigating. Compared to it there was nothing else of any value. It was true that as one watched life in its curious crucible of pain and pleasure,...

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Oscar Wilde

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither

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It was the passions about whose origin we deceived ourselves that tyrannized most strongly over us.

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Thin-lipped wisdom spoke at her from the worn chair, hinted at prudence, quoted from that book of cowardice whose author apes the name of common sense.

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Oscar Wilde

Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. Most men and women...

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Oscar Wilde

Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.

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Oscar Wilde

Wisdom is to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them.

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Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!

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Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders.

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The people who have adored me-- there have not been very many, but there have been some-- have always insisted on living on, long after I had ceased to care for them, or they to care for me.

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Oscar Wilde

Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid, but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.

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Oscar Wilde

All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of.

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The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

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Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval.

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Oscar Wilde

I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.

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Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out.

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The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.

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God and other artists are always a little obscure.....

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I didn't say I liked it Harry. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference.

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Oscar Wilde

An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.

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If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit. But if a friend of mine had a sorrow and refused to allow me to share it, I should feel it most bitterly.

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The one charm of the past is that it is the past.

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Oscar Wilde

An actor is part illusionist, part artist, part ham.

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Oscar Wilde

Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.

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The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man That wastes and withers there.

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I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

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To know anything about oneself one must know all about others.

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Prism! Where is that baby?

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The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope.

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Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

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No art ever survived censorship; no art ever will.

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The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.

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Oscar Wilde

Yes, very sensible... People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.

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Oscar Wilde

Judges, like the criminal classes, have their lighter moments

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Oscar Wilde

It is exactly because a man cannot do a thing that he is a proper judge of it

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Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.

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Oscar Wilde

There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God.

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Oscar Wilde

Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.

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Oscar Wilde

When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

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Oscar Wilde

The only form of fiction in which real characters do not seem out of place is history. In novels they are detestable.

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Oscar Wilde

The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me

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Oscar Wilde

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty

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Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die, they go to Paris" "Where do bad Americans go?" "They stay in America

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Oscar Wilde

An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.

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Oscar Wilde

An alliterative prefix served as an ornament of oratory.

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Oscar Wilde

The simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me.

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Oscar Wilde

What you really are is a Bunburyist. I was quite right in saying you were a Bunburyist. You are one of the most advanced Bunburyists I know.

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Oscar Wilde

Good heavens, I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden." "But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins!" "I said it was perfectly heartless of YOU under the circumstances....

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Oscar Wilde

For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it.

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Oscar Wilde

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.

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Oscar Wilde

God's eternal laws are kind-and break the heart of stone.

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Oscar Wilde

Actual life was chaos, but there was something terribly logical in the imagination. It was the imagination that set remorse to dog the feet of sin. It was the imagination that made each crime bear its...

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Oscar Wilde

A method of procuring sensations? Do you think then, that a man who has once committed a murder could possibly do the same crime again? Don't tell me that." says Dorian. "Oh! anything becomes a pleasure...

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Oscar Wilde

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

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Oscar Wilde

Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day.

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Oscar Wilde

From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it.

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Oscar Wilde

I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance

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Oscar Wilde

Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.

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Oscar Wilde

As one reads history ... one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted.

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Oscar Wilde

A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime.

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Oscar Wilde

I expect I shall have to die beyond my means.

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Oscar Wilde

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.

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Oscar Wilde

Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid.

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Oscar Wilde

Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.

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Oscar Wilde

Sometime you will find, even as I have found, that there is no such thing as romantic experience; there are romantic memories, and there is the desire of romance- that is all. Our most fiery moments of...

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Oscar Wilde

They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about.

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Oscar Wilde

She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.

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Oscar Wilde

The moon in her chariot of pearl

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Oscar Wilde

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.

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Oscar Wilde

We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body.

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Oscar Wilde

MRS ALLONBY Is she such a mystery? LORD ILLINGWORTH She is more than a mystery - she is a mood. MRS ALLONBY Moods don't last. LORD ILLINGWORTH It is their chief charm.

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Oscar Wilde

Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins.

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Oscar Wilde

LORD ILLINGWORTH What do you think she'd do if I kissed her? MRS ALLONBY Either marry you, or strike you across the face with her glove. What would you do if she struck you across the face with her glove?...

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Oscar Wilde

LADY STUTFIELD I adore silent men. MRS ALLONBY Oh, Ernest isn't silent. He talks the whole time. But he has got no conversation. What he talks about I don't know. I haven't listened to him for years.

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Oscar Wilde

You shut out from your society the gentle and the good. You laugh at the simple and the pure. living, as you all do, on other and by them, you need at self-sacrifice, and if you throw bread to the poor,...

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Oscar Wilde

My dear young lady, there was a great deal of truth; I dare say, in what you said, and you looked very pretty while you said it, which is much more important.

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Oscar Wilde

But she is happiest alone. She is happiest alone.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't know how to talk. Oh! talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect...

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Oscar Wilde

It was you I thought of all the time, I gave to them the love you did not need: lavished on them a love that was not theirs.

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Oscar Wilde

Ah! somehow life is bigger after all Than any painted angel could we see The God that is within us!

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Oscar Wilde

He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself.

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Oscar Wilde

One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things.

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Oscar Wilde

Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.

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Oscar Wilde

On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.

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Oscar Wilde

The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.

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Oscar Wilde

That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject...

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Oscar Wilde

In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all.

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Oscar Wilde

The only horrible thing in the world is ennui.

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Oscar Wilde

Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.

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Oscar Wilde

What fire does not destroy, it hardens

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Oscar Wilde

To be in love is to surpass one's self.

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Oscar Wilde

Be happy, be happy; you shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart's-blood. All that I ask of you in return is that you will be a true lover, for...

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Oscar Wilde

Romance lives by repetition, and repetition converts an appetite into an art. Besides, each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion....

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Oscar Wilde

Wisdom comes with winters

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Oscar Wilde

I cannot choose one hundred best books because I have only written five

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Oscar Wilde

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is a nightmare that prevents one from sleeping.

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Oscar Wilde

Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys.

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Oscar Wilde

The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets that she took him.

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Oscar Wilde

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

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Oscar Wilde

I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.

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Oscar Wilde

Muffins should always be eaten quite calmly, as it is the only way to eat them!

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Oscar Wilde

I don't want to earn a living. I want to live.

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Oscar Wilde

Love is a misunderstanding between two fools.

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Oscar Wilde

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.

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Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight.

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Oscar Wilde

Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my life...I have put only my talent into my works.

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Oscar Wilde

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

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Oscar Wilde

He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression...

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Oscar Wilde

Every effect that one produces gives one an enemy. To be popular one must be a mediocrity.

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Oscar Wilde

Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.

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Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young.

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Oscar Wilde

I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.

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Oscar Wilde

Do you really keep a diary? I'd give anything to look at it. May I? Oh, no. You see, it is simply a very young girl's record of her own thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication....

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Oscar Wilde

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public.

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Oscar Wilde

Lady Bracknell. Good afternoon, dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving very well. Algernon. I’m feeling very well, Aunt Augusta. Lady Bracknell. That’s not quite the same thing. In fact the two things...

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Oscar Wilde

To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion...

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Oscar Wilde

When a man does exactly what a woman expects him to do she doesn't think much of him. One should always do what a woman doesn't expect, just as one should say what she doesn't understand.

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Oscar Wilde

Dammit Sir, it's your duty to get married. You can't always be living for pleasure!

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Oscar Wilde

Love is not fashionable anymore; the poets have killed it.

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Oscar Wilde

There is nothing that art cannot express.

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Oscar Wilde

I have no objection to anyone's sex life as long as they don't practice it in the street and frighten the horses.

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Oscar Wilde

Miss Prism: ... And you do not seem to reealize, dear Doctor, that by persistently remaining single, a man coverts himself into a permanent public temptation. ... Chausuble: But is a man not equally attractive...

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Oscar Wilde

Caricature is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius.

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Oscar Wilde

If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture...

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Oscar Wilde

Do you know that I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world? Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance.

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Oscar Wilde

I think life too complex a thing to be settled by these hard and fast rules.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope.

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Oscar Wilde

No woman should have a memory. Memory in a woman is the beginning of dowdiness. One can always tell from a woman's bonnet whether she has got a memory or not.

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Oscar Wilde

Only love can keep anyone alive...

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Oscar Wilde

You know I have loved him always. But we are very poor. Who, being loved, is poor? Oh, no one. I hate my riches. They are a burden...

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Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance.

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Oscar Wilde

A grapefruit is just a lemon that saw an opportunity and took advantage of it.

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Oscar Wilde

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.

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Oscar Wilde

Salomé, Salomé, dance for me. I pray thee dance for me. I am sad to-night. Yes, I am passing sad to-night. When I came hither I slipped in blood, which is an evil omen; and I heard, I am sure I heard...

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Oscar Wilde

To get back one's youth one has merely to repeat one's follies.

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Oscar Wilde

If the Socialism is Authoritarian; if there are Governments armed with economic power as they are now with political power; if, in a word, we are to have Industrial Tyrannies, then the last state of man...

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Oscar Wilde

What is mind but motion in the intellectual sphere?

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Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise [in the future. But only if we set out to make this true and anticipate it so we look for the blessings until we find them].

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Oscar Wilde

I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it.

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Oscar Wilde

When one has never heard a man's name in the course of one's life, it speaks volumes for him; he must be quite respectable.

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Oscar Wilde

Women treat us [men] like humanity treats gods – they worship us and keep bothering us to do something.

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Oscar Wilde

Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.

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Oscar Wilde

One should never make one's entrance with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age.

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Oscar Wilde

Never buy anything simply because it is expensive.

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Oscar Wilde

I am afraid he has one of those terribly weak natures that are susceptible to influence.

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Oscar Wilde

Marriage is hardly a thing one can do now and then, except in America.

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Oscar Wilde

To look at a thing is very different from seeing it.

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Oscar Wilde

Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses - once.

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Oscar Wilde

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.

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Oscar Wilde

A mutual misunderstanding.

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Oscar Wilde

The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing at all.

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Oscar Wilde

A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position.

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Oscar Wilde

Women's styles may change but their designs remain the same.

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Oscar Wilde

Her capacity for family affection is extraordinary. When her third husband died, her hair turned quite gold from grief.

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Oscar Wilde

Sphinxes without secrets.

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Oscar Wilde

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.

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Oscar Wilde

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing...

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Oscar Wilde

A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection.

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Oscar Wilde

There are moments, psychologists tell us, when the passion for sin, or what the world calls sin, so dominates a nature, that every fibre of the body, as every cell of the brain, seems to be instinct with...

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Oscar Wilde

A really well-made buttonhole is the only link between Art and Nature.

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Oscar Wilde

Time is a waste of money.

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Oscar Wilde

To be really mediæval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes.

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Oscar Wilde

A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.

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Oscar Wilde

If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.

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Oscar Wilde

People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no...

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Oscar Wilde

I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.

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Oscar Wilde

Never met such a Gorgon . . . I don't really know what a Gorgon is like, but I am quite sure that Lady Bracknell is one. In any case, she is a monster, without being a myth, which is rather unfair.

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Oscar Wilde

I was disappointed in Niagara - most people must be disappointed in Niagara. Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest,...

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Oscar Wilde

Far away beyond the pine-woods,' he answered, in a low dreamy voice, 'there is a little garden. There the grass grows long and deep, there are the great white stars of the hemlock flower, there the nightingale...

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Oscar Wilde

It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing

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Oscar Wilde

No man should have a secret from his wife. She invariably finds it out.

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Oscar Wilde

The best way to enjoy your job is to imagine yourself without one.

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Oscar Wilde

One must have some sort of occupation nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think about.

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Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. We all have clouds above us but some see their silver linings. We all face difficulties but some of us are grateful that they aren't worse.

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Oscar Wilde

Then there was a man who said, 'I never knew what real happiness was until I got married; by then it was too late'

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Oscar Wilde

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm.

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Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise for which we are later, in the fullness of time and understanding, very grateful for!

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Oscar Wilde

I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting.

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Oscar Wilde

One should never listen. To listen is a sign of indifference to one's hearers.

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Oscar Wilde

How sad it is!" murmured Dorian Gray with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait. "How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never...

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Oscar Wilde

I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives...

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Oscar Wilde

the costume of the nineteenth century is detestable. It is so sombre, so depressing. Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life.

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Oscar Wilde

What a fuss people make about fidelity!" exclaimed Lord Henry. "Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are...

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Oscar Wilde

But whether I become a believer or remain an agnostic, my belief or disbelief must derive its source from within, not from without. I, myself, must create its symbols. The transcendental is that which...

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Oscar Wilde

you will always love, and you will always be loved

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Oscar Wilde

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.

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Oscar Wilde

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

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Oscar Wilde

His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language.

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Oscar Wilde

Death is a great price to pay for a red rose“, cried the Nightingale, "and Life is very dear to all. “ It is pleasant to sit in the green wood, and watch the Sun in his chariot of gold, and the Moon...

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Oscar Wilde

Any place you love is the world to you”, explained the pensive Catherine Wheel, who had been attached to an old deal box in early life, and prided herself on her broken heart; “but love is not fashionable...

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Oscar Wilde

I am a man of simple pleasures. The best suits me perfectly.

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Oscar Wilde

Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.

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Oscar Wilde

Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.

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Oscar Wilde

Sometimes it takes courage to give into temptation.

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Oscar Wilde

Anybody can have common sense, provided that they have no imagination.

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Oscar Wilde

No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

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Oscar Wilde

When a golden girl can win Prayer from out the lips of sin, When the barren almond bears, And a little child gives away its tears, Then shall all the house be still And peace come to Canterville.

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Oscar Wilde

I live in terror of not being misunderstood.

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Oscar Wilde

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

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Oscar Wilde

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

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Oscar Wilde

Beauty ...is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.

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Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol.

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Oscar Wilde

And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.

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Oscar Wilde

Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art. ...because of the importance it places on the individual, their liberty, self-expression, creativity,...

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Oscar Wilde

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.

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Oscar Wilde

Though of all poses a moral pose is the most offensive, still to have a pose at all is something.

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Oscar Wilde

I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the house-tops.

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Oscar Wilde

Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and...

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Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. ...Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known. I am...

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Oscar Wilde

Freedom, individualism and being yourself so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property: The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.

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Oscar Wilde

The best art is about individualism, free self-expression and realising a unique, imaginative perspective- A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent.

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Oscar Wilde

A temperament capable of receiving, through an imaginative medium, and under imaginative conditions, new and beautiful impressions, is the only temperament that can appreciate a work of art.

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Oscar Wilde

There is more to be said for stupidity than people imagine. Personally I have a great admiration for stupidity. It is a sort of fellow-feeling, I suppose.

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Oscar Wilde

After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed and mourning over tragedies that were not my own.

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Oscar Wilde

The gods have been good to you. But what the gods give they quickly take away. You have only a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully. When your youth goes, your beauty will go with it,...

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Oscar Wilde

Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are...

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Oscar Wilde

You are more to me than any of them has any idea; you are the atmosphere of beauty through which I see life; you are the incarnation of all lovely things...I think of you day and night. ~ Letter to Lord...

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Oscar Wilde

Loveless marriages are horrible. But there is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. A marriage in which there is love, but on one side only; faith, but on one side only; devotion, but on...

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Oscar Wilde

The job of the critic is to report to us his moods.

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Oscar Wilde

The only form of lying that is absolutely beyond reproach is lying for its own sake.

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Oscar Wilde

The Americans are certainly hero-worshipers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes.

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Oscar Wilde

The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it.

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Oscar Wilde

To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die.

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Oscar Wilde

I can't stand people that do not take food seriously.

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Oscar Wilde

I quite agree with Dr. Nordau's assertion that all men of genius are insane, but Dr. Nordau forgets that all sane people are idiots.

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Oscar Wilde

You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.

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Oscar Wilde

Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work's the curse of the drinking classes.

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Oscar Wilde

His morality is all sympathy, just what morality should be

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Oscar Wilde

We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.

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Oscar Wilde

Well, I don't like your clothes. You look perfectly ridiculous in them. Why on earth don't you go up and change? It's perfectly childish to be in mourning for a man who is actually staying a whole week...

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Oscar Wilde

Out of the sea will rise Behemoth and Leviathan, and sail 'round the high-pooped galleys... Dragons will wander about the waste places, and the phoenix will soar from her nest of fire into the air. We...

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Oscar Wilde

The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid

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Oscar Wilde

I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.

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Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Enough is as bad as a meal. More than enough is as good as a feast.

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Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is the only thing one should live for, nothing ages like happiness.

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Oscar Wilde

What a silly thing love is!' said the student as he walked away. 'It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen,...

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Oscar Wilde

Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret...

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Oscar Wilde

An egg is always an adventure; the next one may be different.

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Oscar Wilde

The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.

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Oscar Wilde

You have always told me it was Ernest. I have introduced you to every one as Ernest. You answer to the name of Ernest. You look as if your name was Ernest. You are the most earnest-looking person I ever...

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Oscar Wilde

A process which makes one rogue cleverer than another.

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Oscar Wilde

It is personalities not principles that move the age.

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Oscar Wilde

Art never expresses anything but itself.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of...

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Oscar Wilde

The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction.

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Oscar Wilde

There can be nothing more frequent than an occasional drink.

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Oscar Wilde

Thinking is wonderful, but the experience is even more wonderful.

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Oscar Wilde

You have never been poor, and never known what ambition is.

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Oscar Wilde

ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl...I have ever met since...I met you.

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Oscar Wilde

Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old.

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Oscar Wilde

They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.

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Oscar Wilde

Experience is a question of instinct about life.

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Oscar Wilde

Love is easily killed.

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Oscar Wilde

To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.

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Oscar Wilde

When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.

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Oscar Wilde

Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

I never take any notice to what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.

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Oscar Wilde

Her trust makes me faithful, her belief makes me good.

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Oscar Wilde

Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable.

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Oscar Wilde

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.

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Oscar Wilde

I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. But while I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does, I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes.

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Oscar Wilde

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools...

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Oscar Wilde

I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not.

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Oscar Wilde

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.

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Oscar Wilde

I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself. Sometimes I am so clever I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.

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Oscar Wilde

The birds that were singing in the dew-drenched garden seemed to be telling the flowers about her.

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Oscar Wilde

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.

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Oscar Wilde

The quivering, ardent sunlight showed him the lines of cruelty round the mouth as clearly as if he had been looking into a mirror after he had done some dreadful thing.

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Oscar Wilde

Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have...

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Oscar Wilde

I am not at all cynical, I have merely got experience, which, however, is very much the same thing.

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Oscar Wilde

Sometimes, the unnecessary is necessary.

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Oscar Wilde

It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done.

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Oscar Wilde

I have a simple taste, only the best.

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Oscar Wilde

It is better to repent a sin than regret the loss of a pleasure.

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Oscar Wilde

Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light.

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Oscar Wilde

Down the long and silent street, The dawn, with silver-sandaled feet, Crept like a frightened girl.

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Oscar Wilde

The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future...

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Oscar Wilde

Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me quite nervous.

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Oscar Wilde

If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself - a rare type in our time ... you rise from table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified...

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Oscar Wilde

Psycholog­y is in its infancy, as a science. I hope in the interests of Art, it will always remain so.

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Oscar Wilde

I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people...

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Oscar Wilde

Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.

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Oscar Wilde

And the marvellous rose became crimson, like the rose of the eastern sky. Crimson was the girdle of petals, and crimson as a ruby was the heart

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Oscar Wilde

The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies...

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Oscar Wilde

Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber

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Oscar Wilde

I like talking to a brick wall- it's the only thing in the world that never contradicts me!

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Oscar Wilde

My life-my whole life- take it, and do with it what you will. I love you-love you as I have never loved any living thing. From the moment I met you I loved you, loved you blindly, adoringly,madly! You...

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Oscar Wilde

The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise...

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Oscar Wilde

Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned.

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Oscar Wilde

We are never more true to ourselves than when we are inconsistent.

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Oscar Wilde

Ones real life is often the life that one does not lead.

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Oscar Wilde

He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigraph on his tombstone.

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Oscar Wilde

The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion-these are the two things that govern us.

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Oscar Wilde

The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic.

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Oscar Wilde

If one doesn't talk about a thing, it has never happened. It is simply expression that gives reality to things.

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Oscar Wilde

Civilization is not by means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.

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Oscar Wilde

It is so easy to convince others; it is so difficult to convince oneself.

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Oscar Wilde

All great ideas are dangerous.

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Oscar Wilde

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame.

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Oscar Wilde

Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a pity to make a mystery out of what should most easily be understood. There is nothing occult about the thought that all things maybe made well or made ill. A work of art is a well-made thing -...

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Oscar Wilde

I am always late on principle, my principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.

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Oscar Wilde

I walk the world in wonder.

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Oscar Wilde

Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life

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Oscar Wilde

What a silly thing love is! It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything and it is always telling one things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not...

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Oscar Wilde

Create yourself. Be yourself your poem.

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Oscar Wilde

The world is made by the singer for the dreamer.

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Oscar Wilde

I can resist anything but the temptation to make a clever witticism.

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Oscar Wilde

Reported as Oscar Wilde's last words on his death bed... This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has to go.

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Oscar Wilde

The truth is never pure and rarely simple.

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Oscar Wilde

Duty is what one expects from others.

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Oscar Wilde

I am very glad I have travelled. Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one's prejudices.

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Oscar Wilde

What consoles one nowadays is not repentance but pleasure. Repentance is quite out of date.

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Oscar Wilde

The only thing I can't resist is temptation.

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Oscar Wilde

There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new.

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Oscar Wilde

And her sweet red lips on these lips of mine Burned like the ruby fire set In the swinging lamp of a crimson shrine, Or the bleeding wounds of the pomegranate, Or the heart of the lotus drenched and wet...

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Oscar Wilde

Behind Joy and Laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard and callous. But behind Sorrow there is always Sorrow. Pain, unlike Pleasure, wears no mask.

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Oscar Wilde

Now, nothing should be able to harm a man except himself. Nothing should be able to rob a man at all. What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance.

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Oscar Wilde

If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the...

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Oscar Wilde

You silly Arthur! If you knew anything about...anything, which you don't, you would know that I adore you. Everyone in London knows it except you. It is a public scandal the way I adore you. I have been...

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Oscar Wilde

sorrow...is a wound that bleeds when any hand but that of love touches it

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Oscar Wilde

When you really want love you will find it waiting for you.

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Oscar Wilde

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

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Oscar Wilde

To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.

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Oscar Wilde

The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.

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Oscar Wilde

What the artist is always looking for is the mode of existence in which soul and body are one and indivisible: in which the outward is expressive of the inward: in which form reveals.

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Oscar Wilde

The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one’s heart—hearts are made to be broken—but that it turns one’s heart to stone.

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Oscar Wilde

Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling.

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Oscar Wilde

Art only begins where Imitation ends.

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Oscar Wilde

All the spring may be hidden in the single bud, and the low ground nest of the lark may hold the joy that is to herald the feet of many rose-red dawns.

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Oscar Wilde

It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.

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Oscar Wilde

I tremble with pleasure when I think that on the very day of my leaving prison both the laburnum and the lilac will be blooming in the gardens, and that I shall see the wind stir into restless beauty the...

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Oscar Wilde

It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also. You, Mr. Gray, you yourself, with yourrose-red youth and your rose-white boyhood, you have had passions that have...

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Oscar Wilde

The history of women is the history of the worst form of tyranny the world has ever known. The tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a very dangerous thing to know one’s friends.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it.

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Oscar Wilde

The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect for dyed hair.

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Oscar Wilde

What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

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Oscar Wilde

I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.

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Oscar Wilde

With subtle and finely-wrought temperaments it is always so. Their strong passions must either bruise or bend. They either slay the man, or themselves die. Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The...

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Oscar Wilde

Some people always know the price, but not the value

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Oscar Wilde

Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of...

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Oscar Wilde

She has form," he said to himself, as he walked away through the grove - "that cannot be denied to her; but has she got feeling? I am afraid not. In fact, she is like most artists; she is all style, without...

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Oscar Wilde

Any place you love is the world to you.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no good talking to him," said a Dragon-fly, who was sitting on the top of a large brown bulrush; "no good at all, for he has gone away." "Well, that is his loss, not mine," answered the Rocket....

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Oscar Wilde

A kiss may ruin a human life

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Oscar Wilde

I would not a bit mind sleeping in the cool grass in summer, and when winter came on sheltering myself by the warm close-thatched rick, or under the penthouse of a great barn, provided I had love in my...

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Oscar Wilde

Travel ennobles the spirit and does away with our prejudices.

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Oscar Wilde

Every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character.

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Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of genius -- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation.

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Oscar Wilde

By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me.

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Oscar Wilde

All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.

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Oscar Wilde

A man who takes himself too seriously will find that no one else takes him seriously.

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Oscar Wilde

Finding the meaning of life is easy. Simply get a dictionary, go to the 'L' section, and find the word 'life.'

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Oscar Wilde

She had a passion for secrecy, but she herself was merely a Sphinx without a secret.

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Oscar Wilde

An idea that isn't risky is hardly worth calling an idea.

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Oscar Wilde

The supreme vice is shallowness.

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Oscar Wilde

Aestheticism is a search after the signs of the beautiful. It is the science of the beautiful through which men seek the correlation of the arts. It is, to speak more exactly, the search after the secret...

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Oscar Wilde

Great passions are for the great of soul, and great events can be seen only by those who are on a level with them

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Oscar Wilde

A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?

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Oscar Wilde

Bad artists always admire each others work.

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Oscar Wilde

It is awfully hard work doing nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise

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Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.

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Oscar Wilde

Young men want to be faithful, and are not. Old men want to be faithless, and cannot.

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Oscar Wilde

Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels in place of those you have given away. The ruby shall be redder than a red rose, and...

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Oscar Wilde

What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb. American novels, answered Lord Henry.

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Oscar Wilde

Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women. It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out...

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Oscar Wilde

Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything. Yes, murmured Lord Henry, settling his button-hole in his coat; and when they grow older they know it.

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Oscar Wilde

The secret to life is to enjoy the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

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Oscar Wilde

The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ

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Oscar Wilde

Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference...

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Oscar Wilde

More than half of modern culture depends upon what one shouldn't read.

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Oscar Wilde

I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out.

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Oscar Wilde

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.

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Oscar Wilde

A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.

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Oscar Wilde

I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.

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Oscar Wilde

Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses.

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Oscar Wilde

Youth is the only thing worth having.

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Oscar Wilde

Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that influenced us. To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one...

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Oscar Wilde

Without order nothing can exist-without chaos nothing can evolve. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

Your machinery is beautiful. Your society people have apologized to me for the envious ridicule with which your newspapers have referred to me. Your newspapers are comic but never amusing. Your Water Tower...

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Oscar Wilde

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them!

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Oscar Wilde

Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Moralists had, as a rule, regarded it as a mode of warning, had claimed for it a certain ethical efficacy in the formation...

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Oscar Wilde

There were sins whose fascination was more in the memory than in the doing of them, strange triumphs that gratified the pride more than the passions, and gave to the intellect a quickened sense of joy,...

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Oscar Wilde

One's days were too brief to take the burden of another's errors on one's shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it.

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Oscar Wilde

Progress in thought is the assertion of individualism against authority.

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Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize

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Oscar Wilde

Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword! Some kill their...

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Oscar Wilde

Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? I ask merely for information. I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that...

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Oscar Wilde

Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations.

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Oscar Wilde

To begin with, I dined there on Monday, and once a week is quite enough to dine with one's own relations.

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Oscar Wilde

JACK That is nonsense. If I marry a charming girl like Gwendolen, and she is the only girl I ever saw in my life that I would marry, I certainly won't want to know Bunbury. ALGERNON Then your wife will....

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Oscar Wilde

Yes; poor Bunbury is a dreadful invalid. Well, I must say, Algernon, that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die. This shillyshallying with the...

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Oscar Wilde

Algy, you always adopt a strictly immoral attitude towards life. You are not quite old enough to do that.

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Oscar Wilde

I hope to-morrow will be a fine day, Lane. It never is, sir. Lane, you're a perfect pessimist. I do my best to give satisfaction, sir.

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Oscar Wilde

In fact, now you mention the subject, I have been very bad in my own small way. I don't think you should be so proud of that, though I am sure it must have been very pleasant.

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Oscar Wilde

I have a business appointment that I am anxious... to miss.

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Oscar Wilde

And now, dear Mr. Worthing, I will not intrude any longer into a house of sorrow. I would merely beg you not to be too much bowed down by grief. What seem to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise....

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Oscar Wilde

JACK Your duty as a gentleman calls you back. ALGERNON My duty as a gentleman has never interfered with my pleasures in the smallest degree.

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Oscar Wilde

I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result.

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Oscar Wilde

Even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others. Modern, no less then Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples...

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Oscar Wilde

LADY BRACKNELL Algernon is an extremely, I may almost say an ostentatiously, eligible young man. He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire?

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Oscar Wilde

The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. ... One might point out how the Renaissance was great, because it sought to solve no social problem, and busied itself...

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Oscar Wilde

Nature: a place where birds fly around uncooked

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Oscar Wilde

I find I have, and a heart doesn’t suit me, Windermere. Somehow it doesn’t go with modern dress. It makes one look old.

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Oscar Wilde

It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says,...

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Oscar Wilde

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited.

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Oscar Wilde

Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.

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Oscar Wilde

No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.

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Oscar Wilde

The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passions are for the great of souls. Great...

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Oscar Wilde

It is sweet to dance to violins When love and life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air!

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Oscar Wilde

When asked what he thought of sports, Oscar Wilde replied, "I approve of any activity that requires the wearing of special clothing.

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Oscar Wilde

Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought. There is immoral emotion.

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Oscar Wilde

The one charm about the past is that it is the past. But women never know when the curtain has fallen.

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Oscar Wilde

Lean on principles, one day they'll end up giving way.

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Oscar Wilde

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.

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Oscar Wilde

Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. The only pity was one had to pay so often for a single fault. One had to pay over and over again, indeed. In her dealings with man, Destiny...

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Oscar Wilde

You told me you had destroyed it." "I was wrong. It has destroyed me.

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Oscar Wilde

To be popular one must be a mediocrity." "Not with Women," said the duchess, shaking her head; "and women rule the world. I assure you we can't bear mediocrities. We women, as someone says, love with our...

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Oscar Wilde

I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you...

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Oscar Wilde

My dear boy, the people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.....

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Oscar Wilde

Well I won't argue about the matter. You always want to argue about things. That is exactly what things were originally made for.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much

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Oscar Wilde

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.

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Oscar Wilde

Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.

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Oscar Wilde

If there is anything more annoying in the world than having people talk about you, it is certainly having no one talk about you.

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Oscar Wilde

Like dear St. Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success.

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Oscar Wilde

Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial.

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Oscar Wilde

A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes.

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Oscar Wilde

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them...

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Oscar Wilde

It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.

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Oscar Wilde

All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All lives, save loveless lives, true Love should pardon.

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Oscar Wilde

The man who says he has exhausted life generally means that life has exhausted him.

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Oscar Wilde

What of Art? -It is a malady. --Love? -An Illusion. --Religion? -The fashionable substitute for Belief. --You are a sceptic. -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. --What are you? -To define is...

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Oscar Wilde

Talk to a woman as if you loved her, and to a man as if he bored you.

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Oscar Wilde

There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.

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Oscar Wilde

You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.

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Oscar Wilde

My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.

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Oscar Wilde

How does one cure the soul? Through the senses

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Oscar Wilde

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. I never quarrel with actions. My one quarrel is with words. The man who could call a spade a spade...

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Oscar Wilde

The best one can say of modern creative art is that it is just a little less vulgar than reality.

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Oscar Wilde

The supreme object of life is to live. Few people live. It is true life only to realize one's own perfection, to make one's every dream a reality.

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Oscar Wilde

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.

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Oscar Wilde

I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else.

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Oscar Wilde

No theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself

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Oscar Wilde

Perhaps in nearly every joy, as certainly in every pleasure, cruelty has its place.

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Oscar Wilde

Placerea este testul naturii, semnul ei aprobator

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Oscar Wilde

I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it. You worshipped yourself too much. We are both punished.

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Oscar Wilde

The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.

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Oscar Wilde

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.

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Oscar Wilde

Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have...

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Oscar Wilde

If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit. but if a friend of mine had a sorrow and refused to allow me to share it, I should feel it most bitterly. If he shut...

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Oscar Wilde

I am tired of myself to-night. I should like to be somebody else.

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Oscar Wilde

I have been right, Basil, haven’t I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare’s plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had...

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Oscar Wilde

Bad manners make a journalist.

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Oscar Wilde

If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation.

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Oscar Wilde

Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.

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Oscar Wilde

People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity.

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Oscar Wilde

As for omens, there is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.

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Oscar Wilde

Every one of course represents the spirit of his age, but there is an eternal aspect of the Spirit of every age which may be caught. To recreate the past from the mutilated fragments of the present is...

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Oscar Wilde

In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor.

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Oscar Wilde

It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it.

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Oscar Wilde

Marriage is a long, dull meal with dessert served at the beginning.

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Oscar Wilde

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.

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Oscar Wilde

To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing.

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Oscar Wilde

It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.

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Oscar Wilde

Sins of the flesh are nothing. They are maladies for physicians to cure, if they should be cured. Sins of the soul alone are shameful.

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Oscar Wilde

All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.

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Oscar Wilde

And now, I am dying beyond my means. (Said while sipping champagne on his deathbed.)

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Oscar Wilde

We quaff the cup of life with eager haste without draining it, instead of which it only overflows the brim - objects press around us, filling the mind with the throng of desires that wait upon them, so...

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Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.

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Oscar Wilde

As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice...

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Oscar Wilde

Behind the perfection of a man's style, must lie the passion of a man's soul.

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Oscar Wilde

I beg your pardon I didn't recognise you - I've changed a lot.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love.

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Oscar Wilde

After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates...

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Oscar Wilde

A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.

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Oscar Wilde

There is something very morbid about modern sympathy with pain.

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Oscar Wilde

It is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought.

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Oscar Wilde

You love the beauty that you can see and touch and handle, the beauty that you can destroy, and do destroy, but of the unseen beauty of life, of the unseen beauty of a higher life, you know nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

If one were to live his life fully and completely were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream.

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Oscar Wilde

Music is the perfect type of art.

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Oscar Wilde

Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round...

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Oscar Wilde

For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us.

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Oscar Wilde

There is nothing that stirs in the whole world of thought to which sorrow does not vibrate in terrible and exquisite pulsation.

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Oscar Wilde

I now see that sorrow, being the supreme emotion of which man is capable, is at once the type and test of all great art.

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Oscar Wilde

There are times when sorrow seems to me to be the only truth.

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Oscar Wilde

But we never get back our youth… The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions...

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Oscar Wilde

As one reads history, not in the expurgated editions written for schoolboys and passmen, but in the original authorities of each time, one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have...

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Oscar Wilde

What the worm was to the corpse, his sins would be to the painted image on the canvas. They would mar its beauty, and eat away its grace. they would defile it, and make it shameful. And yet the thing would...

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Oscar Wilde

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.

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Oscar Wilde

If a woman wants to hold a man she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only through Art and through Art only that we can realize our perfection; Through Art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.

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Oscar Wilde

I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.

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Oscar Wilde

One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtures are not...

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Oscar Wilde

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

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Oscar Wilde

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified...

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Oscar Wilde

The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret.

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Oscar Wilde

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

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Oscar Wilde

The only one you need in your life is that person who shows you he needs you in his.

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Oscar Wilde

The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty, and to someone else if she is plain.

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Oscar Wilde

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.

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Oscar Wilde

He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.

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Oscar Wilde

To be good is to be in harmony with oneself. Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others.

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Oscar Wilde

LORD ILLINGWORTH: The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. MRS ALLONBY: And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.

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Oscar Wilde

The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not its growth and development.

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Oscar Wilde

Don't squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar

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Oscar Wilde

Bigamy ? It's having one wife too much... ...Monogamy ? It's the same.

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Oscar Wilde

Even things that are true can be proved.

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Oscar Wilde

Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out.

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Oscar Wilde

She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our...

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Oscar Wilde

The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.

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Oscar Wilde

He rides in the row at ten o clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading...

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Oscar Wilde

Don't give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can't wear in the evening.

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Oscar Wilde

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.

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Oscar Wilde

Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.

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Oscar Wilde

I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don’t interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty.

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Oscar Wilde

It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.

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Oscar Wilde

Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.

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Oscar Wilde

Immanuel isn't a pun; he Kant be!

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Oscar Wilde

A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.

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Oscar Wilde

Do you smoke? Well, yes, I must admit I smoke. I'm glad to hear of it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind.

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Oscar Wilde

I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live nor...

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Oscar Wilde

Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?

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Oscar Wilde

I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.

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Oscar Wilde

Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.

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Oscar Wilde

It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words.

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Oscar Wilde

Just be your self. Everybody else is already taken.

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Oscar Wilde

The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence.

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Oscar Wilde

The note of the perfect personality is not rebellion, but peace.

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Oscar Wilde

The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world’s sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer.

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Oscar Wilde

What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul.

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Oscar Wilde

Common sense is the enemy of Romance :P:P

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Oscar Wilde

Men become old, but they never become good.

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Oscar Wilde

Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.

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Oscar Wilde

I prefer women with a past. They're always so damned amusing to talk to.

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Oscar Wilde

Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualification.

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Oscar Wilde

Reforms in Russia are very tragic, but they always end in a farce.

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Oscar Wilde

They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if either of them did anything of the kind...

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Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors....

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Oscar Wilde

Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.

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Oscar Wilde

The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance.

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Oscar Wilde

As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn't become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him.

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Oscar Wilde

A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.

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Oscar Wilde

No crime is vulgar, but all vulgarity is crime.

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Oscar Wilde

Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life.

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Oscar Wilde

I wrote when I did not know life; now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no more to write. Life cannot be written; life can only be lived.

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Oscar Wilde

Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them. The past, the present and the future are but one moment in the sight of God, in whose sight we should try to...

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Oscar Wilde

I could never quite accustom myself to absinthe, but it suits my style so well

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Oscar Wilde

Art, like Nature, has her monsters

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Oscar Wilde

She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.

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Oscar Wilde

Bunbury? Oh, he was quite exploded. Exploded! Was he the victim of a revolutionary outrage? I was not aware that Mr. Bunbury was interested in social legislation. If so, he is well punished for his morbidity....

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Oscar Wilde

Most people are boring and stupid.

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Oscar Wilde

There was something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence. No other activity was like it. To project one's soul into some gracious form, and let it tarry there for a moment; to hear one's own...

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Oscar Wilde

Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost.

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Oscar Wilde

The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty, never.

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Oscar Wilde

Shakespeare might have met Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the white streets of London, or seen the serving-men of rival houses bite their thumbs at each other in the open square; but Hamlet came out of...

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Oscar Wilde

Some things are more precious because they don't last long.

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Oscar Wilde

All criticism is a form of autobiography

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Oscar Wilde

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.

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Oscar Wilde

A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.

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Oscar Wilde

I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips

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Oscar Wilde

Misery and poverty are so absolutely degrading, and exercise such a paralysing effect over the nature of men, that no class is ever really conscious of its own suffering. They have to be told of it by...

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Oscar Wilde

Nature is always behind the age

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Oscar Wilde

Life is too short to be taken seriously.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing, indeed, is more dangerous to the young artist than any conception of ideal beauty: he is constantly led by it either into weak prettiness or lifeless abstraction: whereas to touch the ideal...

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Oscar Wilde

One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy.

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Oscar Wilde

I must say to myself that I ruined myself, and that nobody great or small can be ruined except by his own hand. I am quite ready to say so. ... Terrible as was what the world did to me, what I did to myself...

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Oscar Wilde

Any place that we love becomes our world.

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Oscar Wilde

It was only in the theatre that I lived

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Oscar Wilde

You and I will always be friends." "Yet you poisoned me with a book once. I should not forgive that.

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Oscar Wilde

Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

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Oscar Wilde

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

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Oscar Wilde

True friends stab you in the front.

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Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

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Oscar Wilde

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

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Oscar Wilde

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.

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Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

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Oscar Wilde

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

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Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

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Oscar Wilde

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.

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Oscar Wilde

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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Oscar Wilde

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

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Oscar Wilde

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

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Oscar Wilde

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.

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Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

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Oscar Wilde

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

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Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.

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Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.

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Oscar Wilde

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.

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Oscar Wilde

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

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Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.

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Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

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Oscar Wilde

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.

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Oscar Wilde

I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.

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Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

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Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.

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Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

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Oscar Wilde

A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.

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Oscar Wilde

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

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Oscar Wilde

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

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Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

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Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

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Oscar Wilde

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

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Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

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Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

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Oscar Wilde

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.

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Oscar Wilde

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

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Oscar Wilde

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

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Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

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Oscar Wilde

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

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Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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Oscar Wilde

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.

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Oscar Wilde

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

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Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.

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Oscar Wilde

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

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Oscar Wilde

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions....

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Oscar Wilde

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

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Oscar Wilde

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

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Oscar Wilde

An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.

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Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

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Oscar Wilde

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

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Oscar Wilde

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

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Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?

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Oscar Wilde

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

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Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.

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Oscar Wilde

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

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Oscar Wilde

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

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Oscar Wilde

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.

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Oscar Wilde

Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.

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Oscar Wilde

She was a curious woman, whose dresses always looked as if they had been designed in a rage and put on in a tempest. She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she had...

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Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.

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Oscar Wilde

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

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Oscar Wilde

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.

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Oscar Wilde

Everything popular is wrong.

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Oscar Wilde

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

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Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

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Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

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Oscar Wilde

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

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Oscar Wilde

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

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Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

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Oscar Wilde

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.

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Oscar Wilde

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

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Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

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Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

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Oscar Wilde

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

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Oscar Wilde

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.

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Oscar Wilde

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no sin except stupidity.

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Oscar Wilde

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.

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Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

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Oscar Wilde

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.

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Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

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Oscar Wilde

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

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Oscar Wilde

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

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Oscar Wilde

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

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Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

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Oscar Wilde

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.

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Oscar Wilde

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.

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Oscar Wilde

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

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Oscar Wilde

Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.

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Oscar Wilde

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

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Oscar Wilde

When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.

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Oscar Wilde

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

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Oscar Wilde

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

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Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

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Oscar Wilde

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

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Oscar Wilde

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.

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Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves.

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Oscar Wilde

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

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Oscar Wilde

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.

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Oscar Wilde

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.

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Oscar Wilde

Hatred is blind, as well as love.

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Oscar Wilde

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.

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Oscar Wilde

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.

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Oscar Wilde

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

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Oscar Wilde

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

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Oscar Wilde

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

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Oscar Wilde

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

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Oscar Wilde

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

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Oscar Wilde

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.

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Oscar Wilde

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

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Oscar Wilde

I have nothing to declare except my genuis.

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Oscar Wilde

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

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Oscar Wilde

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

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Oscar Wilde

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.

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Oscar Wilde

If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.

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Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

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Oscar Wilde

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

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Oscar Wilde

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

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Oscar Wilde

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

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Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.

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Oscar Wilde

When good Americans die they go to Paris.

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Oscar Wilde

I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.

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Oscar Wilde

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

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Oscar Wilde

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.

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Oscar Wilde

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.

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Oscar Wilde

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.

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Oscar Wilde

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

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Oscar Wilde

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

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Oscar Wilde

All art is quite useless.

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Oscar Wilde

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.

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Oscar Wilde

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.

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Oscar Wilde

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.

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Oscar Wilde

Why was I born with such contemporaries?

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Oscar Wilde

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.

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Oscar Wilde

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.

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Oscar Wilde

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

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Oscar Wilde

If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.

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Oscar Wilde

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

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Oscar Wilde

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

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Oscar Wilde

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

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Oscar Wilde

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.

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Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.

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Oscar Wilde

Alas, I am dying beyond my means.

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Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.

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Oscar Wilde

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

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Oscar Wilde

There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose.

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Oscar Wilde

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

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Oscar Wilde

The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.

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Oscar Wilde

One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.

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Oscar Wilde

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

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Oscar Wilde

Those whom the gods love grow young.

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Oscar Wilde

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.

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Oscar Wilde

Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.

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Oscar Wilde

The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.

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Oscar Wilde

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.

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Oscar Wilde

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.

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Oscar Wilde

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.

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Oscar Wilde

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.

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Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

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Oscar Wilde

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.

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Oscar Wilde

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.

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Oscar Wilde

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.

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Oscar Wilde

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.

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Oscar Wilde

Charity creates a multitude of sins.

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Oscar Wilde

In married life three is company and two none.

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Oscar Wilde

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.

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Oscar Wilde

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.

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Oscar Wilde

The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.

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Oscar Wilde

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.

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Oscar Wilde

Biography lends to death a new terror.

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Oscar Wilde

Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.

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Oscar Wilde

What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.

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Oscar Wilde

It is always the unreadable that occurs.

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Oscar Wilde

There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.

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Oscar Wilde

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

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Oscar Wilde

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.

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Oscar Wilde

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.

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Oscar Wilde

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated.

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Oscar Wilde

Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London.

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Oscar Wilde

We live, I regret to say, in an age of Big Data hype.

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Oscar Wilde

Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day.

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Oscar Wilde

But then one regrets the loss even of one's worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one's personality.

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Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living your life as you wish to live it. Selfishness is wanting others to live their lives as you wish them to.

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Oscar Wilde

History is merely gossip

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Oscar Wilde

Can they feel, I wonder, those white silent people we call the dead?

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Oscar Wilde

I had buried my romance in a bed of asphodel.

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Oscar Wilde

The moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist.

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Oscar Wilde

There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.

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Oscar Wilde

A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.

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Oscar Wilde

Oh! I don't think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn't know what to talk to him about.

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Oscar Wilde

When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.

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Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.

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Oscar Wilde

No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.

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Oscar Wilde

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

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Oscar Wilde

Everyone may not be good, but there's always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

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Oscar Wilde

Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art.

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Oscar Wilde

Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.

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Oscar Wilde

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature,...

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Oscar Wilde

How clever are you, my dear! You never mean a single word you say!

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Oscar Wilde

If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.

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Oscar Wilde

The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate...

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Oscar Wilde

The great poet is always a seer, seeing less with the eyes of the body than he does with the eyes of the mind.

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Oscar Wilde

Many people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honor.

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Oscar Wilde

My friend is not allowed to go out today. I sit by his side and read him passages from his own life. They fill him with surprise. Everyone should keep someone else's diary; I sometimes suspect you of keeping...

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Oscar Wilde

I am sorry my life is so marred and maimed by extravagance. But I cannot live otherwise. I, at any rate, pay the penalty of suffering.

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Oscar Wilde

The good we get from art is not what we learn from it; it is what we become through it.

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Oscar Wilde

With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized

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Oscar Wilde

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage. They must also...

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Oscar Wilde

In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilization.

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Oscar Wilde

I feel that if I kept it secret it might grow in my mind (as poisonous things grow in the dark) and take its place with the other terrible thoughts that gnaw me

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Oscar Wilde

He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him.

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Oscar Wilde

People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately.

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Oscar Wilde

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.

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Oscar Wilde

In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.

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Oscar Wilde

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.

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Oscar Wilde

As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg

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Oscar Wilde

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them of course, but one cannot possibly admire them.

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Oscar Wilde

I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then...

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Oscar Wilde

Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude.

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Oscar Wilde

The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life.

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Oscar Wilde

The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.

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Oscar Wilde

The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.

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Oscar Wilde

It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

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Oscar Wilde

For one moment our lives met, our souls touched.

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Oscar Wilde

In art, the public accept what has been, because they cannot alter it, not because they appreciate it. They swallow their classics whole, and never taste them.

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Oscar Wilde

The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer.

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Oscar Wilde

He was a hero to his valet, who bullied him, and a terror to most of his relations, whom he bullied in turn. Only England could have produced him, and he always said that the country was going to the dogs....

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Oscar Wilde

Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't mind plain women being puritans. It is the only excuse they have for being plain.

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Oscar Wilde

Let me be dressed as I will, yet flies worms and flowers exceed me still.

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Oscar Wilde

Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live.

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Oscar Wilde

In war," answered the weaver, "the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor. We must work to live, and they give us such mean wages that we die. We toil for them all...

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Oscar Wilde

Talent borrows, genius steals!

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Oscar Wilde

Any map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at.

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Oscar Wilde

The only proper intoxication is conversation.

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Oscar Wilde

Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking Champagne

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Oscar Wilde

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

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Oscar Wilde

I am afraid that woman appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters,...

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Oscar Wilde

Individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't like principles. I prefer prejudices.

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Oscar Wilde

Intellectual generalities are always interesting, but generalities in morals mean absolutely nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sensual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change.

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Oscar Wilde

We women adore failures. They lean on us.

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Oscar Wilde

The worst vice of the fanatic is his sincerity.

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Oscar Wilde

I did not think I should be ever loved: do you indeed Love me so much as now you say you do? Ask of the sea-bird if it loves the sea, Ask of the roses if they love the rain, Ask of the little lark, that...

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Oscar Wilde

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

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Oscar Wilde

The camera, you know, will never capture you. Photography, in my experience, has the miraculous power of transferring wine into water.

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Oscar Wilde

The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.

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Oscar Wilde

The sure way of knowing nothing about life is to try to make oneself useful.

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Oscar Wilde

Married men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.

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Oscar Wilde

Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that, when I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the...

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Oscar Wilde

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.

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Oscar Wilde

Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a fat missionary.

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Oscar Wilde

Really, if the lower orders don't set a good example, what on earth is the use of them?

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Oscar Wilde

Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf.

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Oscar Wilde

However, it is always nice to be expected, and not to arrive.

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Oscar Wilde

I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't recognize you - I've changed a lot.

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Oscar Wilde

I was wrong. God's law is only Love.

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Oscar Wilde

The English have a miraculous power of turning wine into water.

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Oscar Wilde

Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.

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Oscar Wilde

America is one long expectoration.

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Oscar Wilde

The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.

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Oscar Wilde

It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institutions of private property.

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Oscar Wilde

Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.

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Oscar Wilde

But what is the good of friendship if one cannot say exactly what one means? Anybody can say charming things and try to please and to flatter, but a true friend always says unpleasant things, and does...

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Oscar Wilde

The man with a clear conscience probably has a poor memory.

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Oscar Wilde

I don’t write this letter to put bitterness into your heart, but to pluck it out of mine. For my own sake I must forgive you.

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Oscar Wilde

Always be a little unexpected.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always absolutely valueless.

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Oscar Wilde

Know thyself' was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, 'Be thyself' shall be written.

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Oscar Wilde

Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage makes her something like a public building.

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Oscar Wilde

He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.

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Oscar Wilde

The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great.

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Oscar Wilde

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.

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Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is simply a method by which arrests his progress, and self-sacrifice a survival of the mutilation of the savage.

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Oscar Wilde

Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilization, more marvelous...

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Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

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Oscar Wilde

The Roman Catholic Church is for saints and sinners alone - for respectable people, the Anglican Church will do.

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Oscar Wilde

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

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Oscar Wilde

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.

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Oscar Wilde

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

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Oscar Wilde

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.

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Oscar Wilde

Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.

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Oscar Wilde

I played with an idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox.

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Oscar Wilde

Learned conversation is either the affectation of the ignorant or the profession of the mentally unemployed.

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Oscar Wilde

When people talk to us about others they are usually dull. When they talk to us about themselves they are nearly always interesting.

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Oscar Wilde

Two men look out a window. One sees mud, the other sees the stars.

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Oscar Wilde

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.

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Oscar Wilde

I never read a book I must review; it prejudices you so.

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Oscar Wilde

but the bravest man among us is afraid of himself

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Oscar Wilde

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope....

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Oscar Wilde

Irony is wasted on the stupid

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Oscar Wilde

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.

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Oscar Wilde

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.

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Oscar Wilde

One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.

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Oscar Wilde

It can never be necessary to do what is not honourable.

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Oscar Wilde

Well, I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life.

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Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

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Oscar Wilde

I can believe anything provided it is incredible.

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Oscar Wilde

In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.

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Oscar Wilde

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

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Oscar Wilde

The world has become sad because a puppet was once melancholy. The nihilist, that strange martyr who has no faith, who goes to the stake without enthusiasm, and dies for what he does not believe in, is...

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Oscar Wilde

Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs.

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Oscar Wilde

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

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Oscar Wilde

The one advantage of playing with fire...is that no one ever gets singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up.

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Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always...

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Oscar Wilde

Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable

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Oscar Wilde

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

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Oscar Wilde

America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.

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Oscar Wilde

She...can talk brillantly upon any subject provided she knows nothing about it.

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Oscar Wilde

Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.

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Oscar Wilde

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.

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Oscar Wilde

Millionaire models are rare enough; but, by Jove, model millionaires are rarer still!

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Oscar Wilde

Misfortunes one can endure--they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults--ah!--there is the sting of life.

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Oscar Wilde

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.

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Oscar Wilde

To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.

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Oscar Wilde

A burnt child loves the fire.

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Oscar Wilde

I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world… And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was that I confined myself so exclusively to the trees of what seemed...

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Oscar Wilde

Oh, brothers! I don't care for brothers. My elder brother won't die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else.

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Oscar Wilde

If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.

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Oscar Wilde

I am happy in my prison of passion

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Oscar Wilde

Memory is the diary that chronicles things that never happened or couldn't possibly have happened.

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Oscar Wilde

If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.

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Oscar Wilde

I hope you hair curls naturally, does it? Yes, darling, with a little help from others.

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Oscar Wilde

I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.

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Oscar Wilde

Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.

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Oscar Wilde

I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

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Oscar Wilde

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.

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Oscar Wilde

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

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Oscar Wilde

A good friend will always stab you in the front.

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Oscar Wilde

Would you be in any way offended if I said that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection?

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Oscar Wilde

When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed...

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Oscar Wilde

Literature always anticipates life. It doesn't copy it but moulds it to it's purpose.

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Oscar Wilde

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.

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Oscar Wilde

I asked the question for the best reason possible, for the only reason, indeed, that excuses anyone for asking any question - simple curiosity.

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Oscar Wilde

Even now I cannot help feeling that it is a mistake to think that the passion one feels in creation is ever really shown in the work one creates.

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Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made...

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Oscar Wilde

My dear Algy, you talk exactly as if you were a dentist. It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produces false impression

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Oscar Wilde

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.

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Oscar Wilde

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is the art of being well deceived, and to succeed, it must be habitual and uninterrupted.

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Oscar Wilde

You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?

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Oscar Wilde

The heart was made to be broken.

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Oscar Wilde

The bright dawn flooded the room, and swept the fantastic shadows into dusky corners, where they lay shuddering.

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Oscar Wilde

When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.

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Oscar Wilde

My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman!

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Oscar Wilde

I'll bet you anything you like that half an hour after they have met, they will be calling each other sister. Women only do that when they have called each other a lot of other things first.

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Oscar Wilde

Cecily. This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade. Gwendolen. [Satirically.] I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our...

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Oscar Wilde

You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake. I am known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness...

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Oscar Wilde

This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose? Algernon. Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is. The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my life. Jack. Well, you've no...

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Oscar Wilde

Come, dear, [Gwendolen rises] we have already missed five, if not six, trains. To miss any more might expose us to comment on the platform.

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Oscar Wilde

I never change, except in my affections.

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Oscar Wilde

It's tragic how few people ever 'possess their souls' before they die. 'Nothing is more rare in any man', says Emerson, 'than an act of his own.' It is quite true. Most people are other people. Their thoughts...

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Oscar Wilde

The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations.

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Oscar Wilde

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.

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Oscar Wilde

The General was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life.

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Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of Genius--is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of...

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Oscar Wilde

People say sometimes that Beauty is superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge...

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Oscar Wilde

I forget what killed it. I think it was her proposing to sacrifice the whole world for me. That is always a dreadful moment. It fills one with the terror of eternity.

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Oscar Wilde

Punctuality is the thief of time

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Oscar Wilde

Well, I can’t help going to see Sibyl play, even if it is only for an act. I get hungry for her presence; and when I think of the wonderful soul that is hidden away in that little ivory body, I am filled...

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Oscar Wilde

I must remember that a good friend is a new world.

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Oscar Wilde

When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.

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Oscar Wilde

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form...

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Oscar Wilde

This wallpaper is dreadful, one of us will have to go.

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Oscar Wilde

Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss The brave man with a sword

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Oscar Wilde

Genius lasts longer than beauty

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Oscar Wilde

There are two ways to dislike poetry: One is to dislike it; the other is to read Pope.

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Oscar Wilde

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be...

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Oscar Wilde

The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.

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Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

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Oscar Wilde

Don't use big words. They mean so little.

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Oscar Wilde

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.

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Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.

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Oscar Wilde

Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.

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Oscar Wilde

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

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Oscar Wilde

It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.

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Oscar Wilde

The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.

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Oscar Wilde

Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.

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Oscar Wilde

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

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Oscar Wilde

And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory; and grasp the tail that like a monstrous asp coils round your heavy velvet paws.

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Oscar Wilde

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless.

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Oscar Wilde

My wish isn't to mean everything to everyone but something to someone.

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Oscar Wilde

I'm not nearly young enough to know everything

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Oscar Wilde

Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.

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Oscar Wilde

Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling.

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Oscar Wilde

I love the French language... it's a delightful language, especially to curse with. It's like whopping your ass with silk.

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Oscar Wilde

They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.

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Oscar Wilde

Some things are too important to be taken seriously.

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Oscar Wilde

The artistic life is a long, lovely suicide.

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Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is [hu]man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

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Oscar Wilde

My desire to live is as intense as ever, and though my heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken: that is why God sends sorrow into the world.

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Oscar Wilde

I see that any materialism in life coarsens the soul, and that the hunger of the body and the appetites of the flesh desecrate always, and often destroy.

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Oscar Wilde

The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.

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Oscar Wilde

The weather is entrancing, but in my heart there is no sun.

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Oscar Wilde

A flower blossoms for its own joy.

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Oscar Wilde

I drink to separate my body from my soul.

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Oscar Wilde

She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm.

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Oscar Wilde

The sky was pure opal now.

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Oscar Wilde

Her love was trembling in laughter on her lips.

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Oscar Wilde

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The...

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Oscar Wilde

The best revenge is to live well.

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Oscar Wilde

I know. In fact, I am never wrong.

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Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to say that there are neither ruins nor curiosities in America when they have their mothers and their manners.

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Oscar Wilde

I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

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Oscar Wilde

A mask tells us more than a face.

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Oscar Wilde

In England it is enough for a man to try and produce any serious, beautiful work to lose all his rights as a citizen.

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Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching.

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Oscar Wilde

The English public takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral.

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Oscar Wilde

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.

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Oscar Wilde

The fact is, the public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities. They use them as bludgeons for preventing the free...

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Oscar Wilde

The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

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Oscar Wilde

Hearts Live By Being Wounded

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Oscar Wilde

A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.

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Oscar Wilde

He made me see what Life is, and what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both.

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Oscar Wilde

There is one thing infinitely more pathetic than to have lost the woman one is in love with, and that is to have won her and found out how shallow she is!

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Oscar Wilde

A man who moralizes is a hypocrite, and a woman who does so is invariably plain.

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Oscar Wilde

The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.

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Oscar Wilde

Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is.

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Oscar Wilde

Life would be dull without them.

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Oscar Wilde

Industry is the root of all ugliness.

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Oscar Wilde

Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.

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Oscar Wilde

How long could you love a woman who didn't love you, Cecil? A woman who didn't love me? Oh, all my life!

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Oscar Wilde

Everything in moderation, including moderation.

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Oscar Wilde

To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.

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Oscar Wilde

Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.

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Oscar Wilde

Truth is independent of facts always.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.

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Oscar Wilde

In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.

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Oscar Wilde

Tread Lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow.

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Oscar Wilde

Private information is practically the source of every large modern fortune.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly.

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Oscar Wilde

To define is to limit.

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Oscar Wilde

There are few of us who have not sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make one almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when...

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Oscar Wilde

My writing has gone to bits - like my character. I am simply a self-conscious nerve in pain.

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Oscar Wilde

Christ did not die to save people, but to teach people how to save each other. This is, I have no doubt, a grave heresy, but it is also a fact.

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Oscar Wilde

I have pleasures, and passions, but the joy of life is gone. I am going under: the morgue yawns for me. I go and look at my zinc-bed there. After all, I had a wonderful life, which is, I fear, over.

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Oscar Wilde

The unread is always better than the unreadable.

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Oscar Wilde

I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed,...

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Oscar Wilde

What do you call a bad man? The sort of man who admires innocence.

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Oscar Wilde

It would leave no room for developments and I intend to develop in many directions.

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Oscar Wilde

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow one another like the withered leaves of Autumn; but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a...

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Oscar Wilde

The gods are strange. It is not our vices only they make instruments to scourge us. They bring us to ruin through what in us is good, gentle, humane, loving.

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Oscar Wilde

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.

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Oscar Wilde

One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.

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Oscar Wilde

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

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Oscar Wilde

One's only real life is the life one never leads.

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Oscar Wilde

Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.

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Oscar Wilde

Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception,...

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Oscar Wilde

Its a beautiful woman's fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes

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Oscar Wilde

Nature....she will hang the night stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send word the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me...

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Oscar Wilde

Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.

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Oscar Wilde

It's beauty that captures your attention. personality which captures your heart.

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Oscar Wilde

And alien tears will fill for him pity's long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.

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Oscar Wilde

There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.

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Oscar Wilde

One does not see anything until one sees its beauty.

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Oscar Wilde

Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.

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Oscar Wilde

Authority is quite degrading.

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Oscar Wilde

She lives the poetry she cannot write.

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Oscar Wilde

Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.

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Oscar Wilde

And when wind and winter harden All the loveless land, It will whisper of the garden, You will understand.

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Oscar Wilde

Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common,...

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Oscar Wilde

Don't feed the trolls; nothing fuels them so much.

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Oscar Wilde

I am not in favour of this modern mania for turning bad people into good people at a moment's notice.

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Oscar Wilde

In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise...

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Oscar Wilde

Every woman is a rebel.

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Oscar Wilde

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

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Oscar Wilde

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

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Oscar Wilde

The worst of it is that I am perpetually being punished for nothing; this governor loves to punish, and he punishes by taking my books away from me. It's perfectly awful to let the mind grind itself away...

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Oscar Wilde

For he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die.

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Oscar Wilde

It is always painful fo part from people whom one has known for a very brief space of time. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom...

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Oscar Wilde

It's either the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go. [These were his dying words.]

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Oscar Wilde

You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him.

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Oscar Wilde

Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life.

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Oscar Wilde

To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders...It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

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Oscar Wilde

The only thing I cannot resist is temptation.

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Oscar Wilde

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.

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Oscar Wilde

Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is too short to learn German

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Oscar Wilde

Circumstances should never alter principles!

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Oscar Wilde

I was very much disappointed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Oscar Wilde

Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.

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Oscar Wilde

The beautiful, passionate, ruined South, the land of magnolias and music, of roses and romance . . . living on the memory of crushing defeats

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Oscar Wilde

Everybody in American seems in a rush to catch a train.

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Oscar Wilde

The first thing that struck me on landing in America was that if the Americans are not the most well-dressed people in the world, they are the most comfortably dressed.

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Oscar Wilde

America is the noisiest country that ever existed. One is waked up in the morning, not by the singing of the nightingale, but by the steam whistle.

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Oscar Wilde

In one dancing saloon I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice: 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'

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Oscar Wilde

I wonder that no criminal has ever pleaded the ugliness of your city as an excuse for his crimes.

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Oscar Wilde

America is not a country, it is a world.

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Oscar Wilde

It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love.

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Oscar Wilde

It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously

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Oscar Wilde

Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.

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Oscar Wilde

I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die.

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Oscar Wilde

It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.

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Oscar Wilde

He wants to enslave you.' 'I shudder at the thought of being free.

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Oscar Wilde

memory, like a horrible malady, was eating his soul away

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Oscar Wilde

The things one feels absolutely certain about are never true. That is the fatality of faith, and the lesson of romance.

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Oscar Wilde

There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events...

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Oscar Wilde

It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed...

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Oscar Wilde

I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't want to earn my living, I want to live.

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Oscar Wilde

Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne.

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Oscar Wilde

To get into the best society, nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people - that is all!

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Oscar Wilde

The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married.

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Oscar Wilde

Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.

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Oscar Wilde

It is he who has broken the bond of marriage - not I. I only break its bondage.

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Oscar Wilde

we always misunderstood ourselves, and rarely understood others

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Oscar Wilde

I'm too old to know everything

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Oscar Wilde

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.

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Oscar Wilde

You know what a woman's curiosity is.

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Oscar Wilde

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.

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Oscar Wilde

Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.

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Oscar Wilde

The study of law is sublime, and its practice vulgar.

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Oscar Wilde

I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says.

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Oscar Wilde

Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed. People talk sometimes of secret vices, there are no such things. If a wretched man has a vice, it shows itself in the lines...

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Oscar Wilde

I don't like Switzerland; it has produced nothing but theologians and waiters.

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Oscar Wilde

As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.

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Oscar Wilde

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common...

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Oscar Wilde

In love, it is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder.

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Oscar Wilde

Friendship never forgets. That is the wonderful thing about it.

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Oscar Wilde

I made your sorrow mine also, that you might have help in bearing it.

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Oscar Wilde

Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others...

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Oscar Wilde

How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless." "Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The...

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Oscar Wilde

I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.

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Oscar Wilde

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.

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Oscar Wilde

She is a peacock in everything but beauty!

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Oscar Wilde

Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.

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Oscar Wilde

Miss Prism: Do not speak slightingly of the three-volume novel, Cecily. I wrote one myself in earlier days. Cecily: Did you really, Miss Prism? How wonderfully clever you are! I hope it did not end happily?...

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Oscar Wilde

How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?

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Oscar Wilde

Requiescat Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like,...

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Oscar Wilde

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.

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Oscar Wilde

A simile committing suicide is always a depressing spectacle.

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Oscar Wilde

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.

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Oscar Wilde

You can have your secret as long as I have your heart[.]

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Oscar Wilde

Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.

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Oscar Wilde

Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures.

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Oscar Wilde

I don't like compliments, and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean.

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Oscar Wilde

A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten.

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Oscar Wilde

A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.

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Oscar Wilde

I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock.

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Oscar Wilde

One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then all life comes crowding into one single hour.

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Oscar Wilde

Just because a man has died for it, does not make it true.

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Oscar Wilde

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.

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Oscar Wilde

The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate...

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Oscar Wilde

Love does not traffic in a marketplace, nor use a huckster's scales. Its joy, like the joy of the intellect, is to feel itself alive. The aim of Love is to love: no more, and no less. You were my enemy:...

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Oscar Wilde

I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men, and the colour of things: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all...

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Oscar Wilde

Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

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Oscar Wilde

The Number our envious Persons, confirmation our capability.

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Oscar Wilde

Lord Darlington (LD): I think life too complex a thing to be settled by these hard and fast rules. Lady Windemere (LW): If we had 'hard-and-fast rules' we would find life much simpler. LD: You allow of...

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Oscar Wilde

Be moderate in all things, including moderation.

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Oscar Wilde

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art

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Oscar Wilde

I analyzed you, though you did not adore me.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public.

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Oscar Wilde

With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.

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Oscar Wilde

What is said of man is nothing; the point is, who says it.

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Oscar Wilde

I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams.

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Oscar Wilde

I have never learned anything except from people younger than myself.

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Oscar Wilde

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.

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Oscar Wilde

Early in life she had discovered the important truth that nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion; and by a series of reckless escapades, half of them quite harmless, she had acquired all the...

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Oscar Wilde

It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind. -Algernon

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Oscar Wilde

Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.

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Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.

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Oscar Wilde

What art seeks to disturb is monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.

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Oscar Wilde

It is only the sacred things that are worth touching

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Oscar Wilde

It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes.

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Oscar Wilde

The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature...

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Oscar Wilde

The State is to make what is useful. The individual is to make what is beautiful.

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Oscar Wilde

In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still...

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Oscar Wilde

The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.

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Oscar Wilde

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.

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Oscar Wilde

Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed.

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Oscar Wilde

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

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Oscar Wilde

When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me. Indeed, as any one who knows me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink. At the present moment I am eating muffins...

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Oscar Wilde

because to influence a person is to give one's own soul.

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Oscar Wilde

I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience.

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Oscar Wilde

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.

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Oscar Wilde

The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding.

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Oscar Wilde

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar.

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Oscar Wilde

Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . .

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Oscar Wilde

To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice.

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Oscar Wilde

I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.

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Oscar Wilde

You have killed my love. You used to stir my imagination. Now you don't even stir my curiosity. You simply produce no effect. I loved you because you were marvelous, because you had genius and intellect,...

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Oscar Wilde

The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding. The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. One should always be in love - that's the reason one should never marry.

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Oscar Wilde

Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying.

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Oscar Wilde

If people are dishonest once, they will be dishonest a second time. And honest people should keep away from them. (Lady Chiltern)

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Oscar Wilde

A man's life is of more value than a woman's. It has larger issues, wider scope, greater ambitions. Our lives revolve in curves of emotions. It is upon lines of intellect that a man's life progresses....

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Oscar Wilde

To be popular one must be a mediocrity.

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Oscar Wilde

Lord AUGUSTUS:(looking around) Time to educate yourself, I suppose. DUMBY: No, time to forget all I have learned. That is much more important.

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Oscar Wilde

this woman is a genius in the day time and a beauty at night

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Oscar Wilde

The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.

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Oscar Wilde

The secret of life is in art.

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Oscar Wilde

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is...

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Oscar Wilde

Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.

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Oscar Wilde

I will not bare my soul to their shallow prying eyes. My heart shall never be put under their microscope.

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Oscar Wilde

Oh, I don’t care about Jack. I don’t care for anybody in the whole world but you. I love you, Cecily. You will marry me, won’t you? You silly boy! Of course. Why, we have been engaged for the last...

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Oscar Wilde

The curves of your lips rewrite history.

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Oscar Wilde

American girls are as clever at concealing their parents as English women are at concealing their past.

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Oscar Wilde

His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was...

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Oscar Wilde

Before Turner there was no fog in London.

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Oscar Wilde

I was dominated, soul, brain, and power by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream.

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Oscar Wilde

Out of the unreal shadows of night comes back the real life that we had known. We have to resume it where we had left off... p 207

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Oscar Wilde

When he takes the knife to the canvass the servants find him lying dead with a knife through is heart and "withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage." and the portrait "in all the wonders of his exquisite...

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Oscar Wilde

To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled - because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly...

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Oscar Wilde

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.

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Oscar Wilde

The fatal errors of life are not due to man's being unreasonable: an unreasonable moment may be one's finest moment. They are due to man's being logical.

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Oscar Wilde

Every woman becomes their mother. That's their tragedy. And no man becomes his. That's his tragedy.

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Oscar Wilde

There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.

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Oscar Wilde

When both a speaker and an audience are confused, the speech is profound.

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Oscar Wilde

To toil for a hard master is bitter, but to have no master to toil for is more bitter still.

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Oscar Wilde

Who am I to tamper with a masterpiece?

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was suing the Marquis of Queensbury in 1895 for libel accusing Wilde of homosexuality Counsel: Have you ever adored a young man madly? Wilde: I have never given adoration to anyone except myself.

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Oscar Wilde

He is fond of being misunderstood. It gives him a post of vantage.

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Oscar Wilde

I like looking at geniuses and listening to beautiful people.

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Oscar Wilde

The world seemed to me fine because you were in it, and goodness more real because you lived.

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Oscar Wilde

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Just as vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. And falsehoods the truths of other people. Other people are...

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Oscar Wilde

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?

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Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.

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Oscar Wilde

Life! Life! Don't let us go to life for our fulfillment or our experience. It is a thing narrowed by circumstances, incoherent in its utterance, and without that fine correspondence of form and spirit...

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Oscar Wilde

Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite moments.

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Oscar Wilde

And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal

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Oscar Wilde

The British cook, for her iniquities, is a foolish woman who should be turned into a pillar of salt which she never knows how to use.

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Oscar Wilde

Grass is hard and lumpy and damp, and full of dreadful black insects.

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Oscar Wilde

Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world. I cannot conceive of any other explanation. I am convinced...

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Oscar Wilde

Dear little Swallow,’ said the Prince, ‘you tell me of marvelous things, but more marvelous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no Mystery so great as Misery.

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Oscar Wilde

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

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Oscar Wilde

They have been eating muffins. That looks like repentance

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Oscar Wilde

The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.

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Oscar Wilde

Life is terrible. It rules us, we do not rule it.

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Oscar Wilde

Work is the curse of the drinking class. I can resist everything except temptation. Moderation is a fatal thing - nothing succeeds like excess. We are all of us in the gutter. But some of us are looking...

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Oscar Wilde

So lets knock a couple back and make some noise

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

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