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Oscar Wilde
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I am not at all cynical, I have merely got experience, which, however, is very much the same thing. Oscar Wilde
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Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling. Oscar Wilde
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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 loves and the sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude. Oscar Wilde
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Bad artists always admire each others work. Oscar Wilde
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What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise Oscar Wilde
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Medievalism, with its saints and martyrs, its love of self-torture, its wild passion for wounding itself, its gashing with knives, and its whipping with rods - Medievalism is real Christianity, and the medieval Christ is the real Christ. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. Oscar Wilde
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A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave. Oscar Wilde
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Youth is the only thing worth having. Oscar Wilde
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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 sees its beauty. Then, and then only, does it comes into existence. Oscar Wilde
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Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Life is too short to learn German Oscar Wilde
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I am afraid that we are beginning to be over-educated; at least everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching -that is really what our enthusiasm for education has come to. Oscar Wilde
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I am thoroughly sick of pearls. They make one look so plain, so good and so intellectual. Oscar Wilde
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Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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 Oscar Wilde
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Where there is no love there is no understanding. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever. Oscar Wilde
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It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde
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America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde
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There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde
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When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde
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A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. Oscar Wilde
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I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde
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Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. Oscar Wilde
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Charity creates a multitude of sins. Oscar Wilde
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The security of Society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of Society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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 one has just been introduced is almost unbearable. Oscar Wilde
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To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. Oscar Wilde
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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: such an enemy as no man ever had. I had given you all my life, and to gratify the lowest and most contemptible of all human passions, hatred and vanity and greed, you had thrown it away. In less than three years you had entirely ruined me in every point of view. For my own sake there was nothing for me to do but to love you. Oscar Wilde
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With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone. Oscar Wilde
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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. I have just learnt this, and much else with it, from Lord Goring. And I will not spoil your life for you, nor see you spoil it as a sacrifice to me, a useless sacrifice. Oscar Wilde
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What is said of man is nothing; the point is, who says it. Oscar Wilde
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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 rarely go together. Oscar Wilde
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The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing at all. Oscar Wilde
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ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl...I have ever met since...I met you. Oscar Wilde
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The weather still continues charming. Oscar Wilde
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I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones. Oscar Wilde
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Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde
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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 are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications. Our Guildensterns play Hamlet for us, and our Hamlets have to jest like Prince Hal. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde
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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. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. Oscar Wilde
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Millionaire models are rare enough; but, by Jove, model millionaires are rarer still! Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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Literature always anticipates life. It doesn't copy it but moulds it to it's purpose. Oscar Wilde
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After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations. Oscar Wilde
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This wallpaper is dreadful, one of us will have to go. Oscar Wilde
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Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can't get into it do that. Oscar Wilde
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I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there. Oscar Wilde
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The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. Oscar Wilde
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The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork. Oscar Wilde
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Everything in moderation, including moderation. Oscar Wilde
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Whenever life sucks, remember you're going to die someday. Oscar Wilde
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The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes. Oscar Wilde
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If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation. Oscar Wilde
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Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices. Oscar Wilde
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The birds did not understand a single word of what he was saying, but that made no matter, for they put their heads on one side, and looked wise, which is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier. Oscar Wilde
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Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude. Oscar Wilde
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To be in love is to surpass one's self. Oscar Wilde
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