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We are the zanies of sorrow. We are clowns whose hearts are broken. 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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Be moderate in all things, including moderation. 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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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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The honest ratepayer and his healthy family have no doubt often mocked at the dome-like forehead of the philosopher, and laughed over the strange perspective of the landscape that lies beneath him. If they really knew who he was, they would tremble. For Chuang Tsu spent his life in preaching the great creed of Inaction, and in pointing out the uselessness of all things. Oscar Wilde
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Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know. Oscar Wilde
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Actual life was chaos, but there was something terribly logical in the imagination. It was the imagination that set remorse to dog the feet of sin. It was the imagination that made each crime bear its misshapen brood. In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. Oscar Wilde
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She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. Oscar Wilde
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Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde
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Do you really keep a diary? I'd give anything to look at it. May I? Oh, no. You see, it is simply a very young girl's record of her own thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication. When it appears in volume form I hope you will order a copy. Oscar Wilde
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Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable. Oscar Wilde
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A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias. Oscar Wilde
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To be really mediaeval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes. Oscar Wilde
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Well, I don't like your clothes. You look perfectly ridiculous in them. Why on earth don't you go up and change? It's perfectly childish to be in mourning for a man who is actually staying a whole week with you in your house as a guest. I call it grotesque. Oscar Wilde
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Out of the sea will rise Behemoth and Leviathan, and sail 'round the high-pooped galleys... Dragons will wander about the waste places, and the phoenix will soar from her nest of fire into the air. We shall lay our hands upon the basilisk, and see the jewel in the toad's head. Champing his gilded oats, the Hippogriff will stand in our stalls, and over our heads will float the Blue Bird singing of beautiful and impossible things, of things that are lovely and that never happen, of things that are not and that should be. Oscar Wilde
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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. Oscar Wilde
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Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. Oscar Wilde
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The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic. Oscar Wilde
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Duty is what one expects from others. Oscar Wilde
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It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little. Oscar Wilde
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It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also. You, Mr. Gray, you yourself, with yourrose-red youth and your rose-white boyhood, you have had passions that have made you afraid, thoughts that have filled you with terror, day-dreams and sleeping dreams whose mere memory might stain your cheek with shame... Oscar Wilde
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A kiss may ruin a human life Oscar Wilde
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God grant me the serenity to accept that people are ignorant, the courage to uphold the law when I'm hostile, & the wisdom to realize that murder is illegal. Oscar Wilde
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Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels in place of those you have given away. The ruby shall be redder than a red rose, and the sapphire shall be as blue as the great sea. Oscar Wilde
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One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing. Oscar Wilde
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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde
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The worst of it is that I am perpetually being punished for nothing; this governor loves to punish, and he punishes by taking my books away from me. It's perfectly awful to let the mind grind itself away between the upper and nether millstones of regret and remorse without respite; with books my life would be livable - any life. Oscar Wilde
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I am afraid that you have been listening to the conversation of someone older than yourself. That is always a dangerous thing to do, and if you allow it to degenerate into a habit, you will find it absolutely fatal to any intellectual development. Oscar Wilde
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The English mind is always in a rage. The intellect of the race is wasted in the sordid and stupid quarrels of second-rate politicians or third-rate theologians. Oscar Wilde
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Just as the philanthropist is the nuisance of the ethical sphere, so the nuisance of the intellectual sphere is the man who is so occupied in trying to educate others, that he has never had any time to educate himself. Oscar Wilde
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What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde
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And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity's machine. Oscar Wilde
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Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level. Oscar Wilde
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Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets. Oscar Wilde
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I analyzed you, though you did not adore me. Oscar Wilde
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It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind. -Algernon Oscar Wilde
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And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal Oscar Wilde
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We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde
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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde
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The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde
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The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde
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Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to. Oscar Wilde
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Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde
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If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized. Oscar Wilde
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All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. Oscar Wilde
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Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. Oscar Wilde
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The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde
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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Oscar Wilde
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Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde
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Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. Oscar Wilde
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In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. Oscar Wilde
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It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection. Oscar Wilde
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I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect. Oscar Wilde
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