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Oscar Wilde
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Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde
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I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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True love is just like regular love, but with more truth. Oscar Wilde
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Nature constantly imitates art. Oscar Wilde
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I can resist anything but temptation. Oscar Wilde
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Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. Oscar Wilde
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One should absorb the color of life. Oscar Wilde
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
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The pen is mightier than the paving-stone Oscar Wilde
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars'. Oscar Wilde
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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all Oscar Wilde
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The job of the critic is to report to us his moods. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Yet, even for us, there is left some loveliness of environment, and the dullness of tutors and professors matters very little when one can loiter in the grey cloisters at Magdalen, and listen to some flute-like voice singing in Waynfleete's chapel, or lie in the green meadow, among the strange snakespotted fritillaries, and watch the sunburnt noon smite to a finer gold the tower's gilded vanes, or wander up the Christ Church staircase beneath the vaulted ceiling's shadowy fans, or pass through the sculptured gateway of Laud's building in the College of St. John. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life. Oscar Wilde
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I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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There can be nothing more frequent than an occasional drink. Oscar Wilde
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Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. Oscar Wilde
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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 be extraordinarily stupid. Oscar Wilde
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In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilization. Oscar Wilde
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However, it is always nice to be expected, and not to arrive. Oscar Wilde
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Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage makes her something like a public building. Oscar Wilde
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Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile. Oscar Wilde
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The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. Oscar Wilde
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The secret of life is in art. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion: by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal. Oscar Wilde
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My wish isn't to mean everything to everyone but something to someone. Oscar Wilde
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I'm not nearly young enough to know everything Oscar Wilde
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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 remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde
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God and other artists are always a little obscure..... Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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... Oscar Wilde
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He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize Oscar Wilde
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I am tired of myself to-night. I should like to be somebody else. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development. Oscar Wilde
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Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two. Oscar Wilde
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The greatest of all sins is stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. Oscar Wilde
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Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore. Oscar Wilde
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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 of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth. Oscar Wilde
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Talent borrows, genius steals! Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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 of his mouth, the droop of his eyelids, the moulding of his hands even. Oscar Wilde
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Before Turner there was no fog in London. Oscar Wilde
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I may have said the same thing before... but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different. Oscar Wilde
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An egg is always an adventure; the next one may be different. Oscar Wilde
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Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old. Oscar Wilde
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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 left. ALGERNON: We have. JACK: I should extremely like to meet them. What do they talk about? ALGERNON: The fools? Oh! about the clever people of course. JACK: What fools. Oscar Wilde
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The world is made by the singer for the dreamer. Oscar Wilde
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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 of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Prism! Where is that baby? Oscar Wilde
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For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it. Oscar Wilde
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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 will be worse than the first. Oscar Wilde
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Fruitcake is like semen, there's a lot of it about but no one wants to swallow it Oscar Wilde
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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 valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleance me in the great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole. Oscar Wilde
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A man who takes himself too seriously will find that no one else takes him seriously. Oscar Wilde
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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 of it. Oscar Wilde
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Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. Oscar Wilde
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The more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. Oscar Wilde
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And suddenly the moon withdraws her sickle from the lightening skies, and to her sombre cavern flies, wrapped in a veil of yellow gauze. Oscar Wilde
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