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Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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 time and then-who knows?-rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime. Oscar Wilde
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Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success. Oscar Wilde
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When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve. Oscar Wilde
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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 of prigs. Oscar Wilde
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She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses but in all my garden there is no red rose. Oscar Wilde
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We think that we are generous because we credit our neighbor with those virtues that are likely to benefit ourselves. We praise the banker that we may overdraw our account, and find good qualities in the highwayman in the hope that he may spare our pockets. Oscar Wilde
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My dear fellow, the truth is' 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! Oscar Wilde
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The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde
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Pleasure is the only thing to live for. Nothing ages like happiness. Oscar Wilde
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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 which is the only thing that can satisfy the artistic and critical temperament. Oscar Wilde
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Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One exhausts what they have to say in a very short time, and then they become as tedious as one's relations. Oscar Wilde
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Caricature is the tribute that mediocrity pays to genius. Oscar Wilde
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I don't want money. It is only people who pay their bills who want that, and I never pay mine. Oscar Wilde
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There is nothing in the whole world so unbecoming to a woman as a Nonconformist conscience. Oscar Wilde
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Civilisation is not by any 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. Oscar Wilde
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A man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world. The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites who are going to rule. Oscar Wilde
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A kiss may ruin a human life. Oscar Wilde
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In his very rejection of art Walt Whitman is an artist. He tried to produce a certain effect by certain means and he succeeded.... He stands apart, and the chief value of his work is in its prophecy, not in its performance. Oscar Wilde
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Grief has turned her fair. Oscar Wilde
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The gods bestowed on Max the gift of perpetual old age. Oscar Wilde
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It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world. Oscar Wilde
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We become lovers when we see Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet makes us students. The blood of Duncan is upon our hands, with Timon we rage against the world, and when Lear wanders out upon the heath the terror of madness touches us. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produced a false impression. Oscar Wilde
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MRS. ALLONBY: She told me yesterday, and in quite a loud voice too, that she was only eighteen. It was most annoying. LORD ILLINGWORTH: One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything. Oscar Wilde
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Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility. Oscar Wilde
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To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness. Oscar Wilde
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A poet can survive anything but a misprint. Oscar Wilde
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As a pomegranate, cut in twain, White-seeded is her crimson mouth. Oscar Wilde
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The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality. Oscar Wilde
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Her hair is bound with myrtle leaves, (Green leaves upon her golden hair!) Green grasses through the yellow sheaves Of Autumn corn are not more fair. Oscar Wilde
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The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life. Oscar Wilde
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Anyone can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde
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Day by day the old order of things changes, and new modes of thought pass over our world, and it may be that, before many years, talking will have taken the place of literature, and the personal screech silenced the music of impersonal utterance. Something of the dignity of the literary calling will probably be lost, and it is perhaps a dangerous thing for a country to be too eloquent. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Do' 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. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. 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. Oscar Wilde
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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 the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold. Oscar Wilde
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Finding the meaning of life is easy. Simply get a dictionary, go to the 'L' section, and find the word 'life.' Oscar Wilde
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When asked what he thought of sports, Oscar Wilde replied, "I approve of any activity that requires the wearing of special clothing. Oscar Wilde
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Just be your self. Everybody else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
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The note of the perfect personality is not rebellion, but peace. Oscar Wilde
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Most people are boring and stupid. Oscar Wilde
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Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working. Oscar Wilde
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Prosperity, pleasure and success, may be rough of grain and common in fibre, but sorrow is the most sensitive of all created things. There is nothing that stirs in the whole world of thought to which sorrow does not vibrate in terrible and exquisite pulsation. The thin beaten-out leaf of tremulous gold that chronicles the direction of forces the eye cannot see is in comparison coarse. It is a wound that bleeds when any hand but that of love touches it, and even then must bleed again, though not in pain. Oscar Wilde
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Is it thy will that I should wax and wane, Barter my cloth of gold for hodden grey, And at thy pleasure weave that web of pain Whose brightest threads are each a wasted day? Oscar Wilde
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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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The girl never really lived, and so she has never really died. Oscar Wilde
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The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, life wouldn't be worth living. Oscar Wilde
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A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. Oscar Wilde
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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 painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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, it is merely to keep them quiet for a season. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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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? Oscar Wilde
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Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do. Oscar Wilde
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It is to do nothing that the elect exist. Action is limited and relative. Unlimited and absolute is the vision of him who sits at ease and watches, who walks in loneliness and dreams. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! Don't say you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong. Oscar Wilde
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In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde
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Mrs. Allonby: They say, Lady Hunstanton, that when good Americans die they go to Paris. Lady Hunstanton: Indeed? And when bad Americans die, where do they go to? Lord Illingworth: Oh, they go to America. Oscar Wilde
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Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? Oscar Wilde
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Mothers, of course, are all right. They pay a chap's bills and don't bother him. But fathers bother a chap and never pay his bills. Oscar Wilde
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Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One must eat muffins quite calmly, it is the only way to eat them. Oscar Wilde
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The only possible society is oneself. Oscar Wilde
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The things people say of a man do not alter a man. He is what he is. Public opinion is of no value whatsoever. Oscar Wilde
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Something was dead in each of us, And what was dead was Hope. Oscar Wilde
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How else but through a broken heart May Lord Christ enter in? Oscar Wilde
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