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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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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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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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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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The worst slave owners were those who were kind to their slaves 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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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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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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Just as the orator marks his good things by a dramatic pause, or by raising and lowering his voice, or by gesture, so the writer marks his epigrams with italics, setting the little gem, so to speak, like a jeweler. Oscar Wilde
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There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America. It was not until I had seen the water-works at Chicago that I realised the wonders of machinery; the rise and fall of the steel rods, the symmetrical motion of the great wheels is the most beautiful rhythmic thing I have ever seen. Oscar Wilde
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I have put my talent into writing, my genius I have saved for living. Oscar Wilde
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True contentment is not having everything, but in being satisfied with everything you have. Oscar Wilde
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There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage: a marriage in which there is love, but on one side only. Oscar Wilde
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All authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised. 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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We are the zanies of sorrow. We are clowns whose hearts are broken. Oscar Wilde
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Genius is born - not paid. Oscar Wilde
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Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success. Oscar Wilde
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I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means. Oscar Wilde
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There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde
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The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends. Oscar Wilde
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I was a man who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age.... The gods had given me almost everything. I had genius, a distinguished name, high social position, brilliancy, intellectual daring: I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men and the colors of things: there was nothing I said or did that did not make people wonder. Oscar Wilde
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Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sexual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change. Oscar Wilde
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The final revelation is that Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. Oscar Wilde
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Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities. 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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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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