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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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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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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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Be moderate in all things, including moderation. 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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Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Oscar Wilde
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When good Americans die they go to Paris. Oscar Wilde
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In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane. Oscar Wilde
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All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. Oscar Wilde
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No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly. Oscar Wilde
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Those whom the gods love grow young. Oscar Wilde
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Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. Oscar Wilde
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Ones real life is often the life that one does not lead. Oscar Wilde
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Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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Without order nothing can exist-without chaos nothing can evolve. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature. Oscar Wilde
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Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial. Oscar Wilde
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In art, the public accept what has been, because they cannot alter it, not because they appreciate it. They swallow their classics whole, and never taste them. Oscar Wilde
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The English have a miraculous power of turning wine into water. Oscar Wilde
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The man with a clear conscience probably has a poor memory. Oscar Wilde
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Self-denial is simply a method by which arrests his progress, and self-sacrifice a survival of the mutilation of the savage. Oscar Wilde
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Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilization, more marvelous and more splendid than any that has gone before. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde
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As for borrowing Mr. Whistler's ideas about art, the only thoroughly original ideas I have heard him express have had reference to his own superiority as a painter over painters greater than himself. Oscar Wilde
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I am quite incapable of understanding how any work of art can be criticized from a moral standpoint. The sphere of art and the sphere of ethics are absolutely distinct and separate. Oscar Wilde
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Art is rarely intelligible to the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde
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It is a vulgar error to suppose that America was ever discovered. It was merely detected. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, I hate the cheap severity of abstract ethics! Oscar Wilde
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Good intentions have been the ruin of the world. The only people who have achieved anything have been those who have had no intentions at all. Oscar Wilde
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Man is a being with myriad lives and myriad sensations, a complex, multiform creature that bears within itself strange legacies of thought and passion, and whose very flesh is tainted with the monstrous maladies of the dead. Oscar Wilde
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Cats are put on earth to remind us that not everything has a purpose. Oscar Wilde
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Wordsworth went to the Lakes, but he was never a lake poet. He found in stones the sermons he had already hidden there. Oscar Wilde
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one pale woman all alone, The daylight kissing her wan hair, Loitered beneath the gas lamps' flare, With lips of flame and heart of stone. 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. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. He is the herald to a new era. As a man he is the precursor of a fresh type. He is a factor in the heroic and spiritual evolution of the human being. If Poetry has passed him by, Philosophy will take note of him. Oscar Wilde
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And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite. Oscar Wilde
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After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Oscar Wilde
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What consoles one nowadays is not repentance but pleasure. Repentance is quite out of date. Oscar Wilde
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There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new. Oscar Wilde
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