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Oscar Wilde
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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 Love is wiser than Philosophy, though she is wise, and mightier than Power, though he is mighty. Oscar Wilde
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We are never more true to ourselves than when we are inconsistent. Oscar Wilde
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I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception. Oscar Wilde
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To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. Oscar Wilde
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History is merely gossip Oscar Wilde
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As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg Oscar Wilde
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Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf. Oscar Wilde
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I don't recognize you - I've changed a lot. Oscar Wilde
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Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. Oscar Wilde
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Private information is practically the source of every large modern fortune. Oscar Wilde
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Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. Oscar Wilde
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You know what a woman's curiosity is. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Oscar Wilde
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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 is what artists are. Oscar Wilde
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One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. Oscar Wilde
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It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation of the world, whatever may be the explanation of the next. Oscar Wilde
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The English public takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral. Oscar Wilde
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Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. Oscar Wilde
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The worst slave owners were those who were kind to their slaves Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets. Oscar Wilde
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Life under a good government is rarely dramatic; life under a bad government is always so. Oscar Wilde
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Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. It is through the voice of one crying in the wilderness that the ways of the gods must be prepared. Oscar Wilde
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The only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art. Oscar Wilde
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If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering. Oscar Wilde
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Her capacity for family affection is extraordinary. When her third husband died, her hair turned quite gold from grief. Oscar Wilde
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Sphinxes without secrets. Oscar Wilde
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I am a man of simple pleasures. The best suits me perfectly. Oscar Wilde
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I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed. Oscar Wilde
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An idea that isn't risky is hardly worth calling an idea. Oscar Wilde
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The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ Oscar Wilde
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Full frontal nudity is reserved for Adam and Eve! Oscar Wilde
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You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know. Oscar Wilde
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The true artist is known by what he annexes, and he annexes everything. Oscar Wilde
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People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity. Oscar Wilde
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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 still live on. It would be always alive. (Dorian Gray regarding his portrait) Oscar Wilde
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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. My dear Aunt Augusta, I mean he was found out! The doctors found out that Bunbury could not , that is what I mean-so Bunbury died. He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians. Oscar Wilde
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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 intellectual views echoed back to one with all the added music of passion and youth; to convey one's temperament into another as though it were a subtle fluid or a strange perfume: there was a real joy in that-perhaps the most satisfying joy left to us in an age so limited and vulgar as our own, an age grossly carnal in its pleasures, and grossly common in its aims.... Oscar Wilde
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There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful. Oscar Wilde
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How clever are you, my dear! You never mean a single word you say! Oscar Wilde
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For one moment our lives met, our souls touched. Oscar Wilde
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Irony is wasted on the stupid Oscar Wilde
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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 by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde
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I must remember that a good friend is a new world. Oscar Wilde
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It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way. Oscar Wilde
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I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning. Oscar Wilde
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All bad art is the result of good intentions. Oscar Wilde
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There are works which wait, and which one does not understand for a long time; the reason is that they bring answers to questions which have not yet been raised; for the question often arrives a terribly long time after the answer. Oscar Wilde
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My Salome is a mystic the sister of Salammbo a Saint Therese who worships the moon. Oscar Wilde
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It is curious how vanity helps the successful man and wrecks the failure. Oscar Wilde
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Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach thy hand, For I am drowning in a stormier sea Than Simon on thy lake of Galilee Oscar Wilde
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In fact, the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.... The Japanese people are ... simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art. Oscar Wilde
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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. If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me, I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted so that I might share in what I was entitled to share. If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him, I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation. Oscar Wilde
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Life would be dull without them. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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The aim of love is to love. No more, no less. Oscar Wilde
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The worst thing to do with success, is to boast about it. Oscar Wilde
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One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Oscar Wilde
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It's either the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go. [These were his dying words.] Oscar Wilde
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You can have your secret as long as I have your heart[.] Oscar Wilde
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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 the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde
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this woman is a genius in the day time and a beauty at night Oscar Wilde
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He is fond of being misunderstood. It gives him a post of vantage. Oscar Wilde
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