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Oscar Wilde
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And now, dear Mr. Worthing, I will not intrude any longer into a house of sorrow. I would merely beg you not to be too much bowed down by grief. What seem to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. This seems to me a blessing of an extremely obvious kind. Oscar Wilde
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You told me you had destroyed it." "I was wrong. It has destroyed me. Oscar Wilde
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Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. Oscar Wilde
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No theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself Oscar Wilde
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The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world's sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer. Oscar Wilde
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Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. Oscar Wilde
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Perhaps in nearly every joy, as certainly in every pleasure, cruelty has its place. Oscar Wilde
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Placerea este testul naturii, semnul ei aprobator Oscar Wilde
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I have never learned anything except from people younger than myself. Oscar Wilde
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Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back. Oscar Wilde
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It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public. Oscar Wilde
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I will not bare my soul to their shallow prying eyes. My heart shall never be put under their microscope. Oscar Wilde
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The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression. Oscar Wilde
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The fatal errors of life are not due to man's being unreasonable: an unreasonable moment may be one's finest moment. They are due to man's being logical. Oscar Wilde
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Give a man a mask and he'll tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde
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We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful. Oscar Wilde
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He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven. Oscar Wilde
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Most people are other people. Oscar Wilde
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There are few things easier than to live badly and die well. Oscar Wilde
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Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid, but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you. Oscar Wilde
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I didn't say I liked it Harry. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference. Oscar Wilde
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I don't know how to talk. Oh! talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact. Oscar Wilde
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The Americans are identical to the British in all respects except, of course, language. Oscar Wilde
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Whenever one has anything unpleasant to say, one should always be quite candid. Oscar Wilde
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Imagination is imitative-the real innovation lies in criticism. Oscar Wilde
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The trouble with the lower classes is that they lack the sense of tragedy given to them by the upper classes. Oscar Wilde
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Consistency is the last refuge of the unimagininative. Oscar Wilde
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The proper school to learn art is not life but art Oscar Wilde
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She lives the poetry she cannot write. Oscar Wilde
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Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious. Oscar Wilde
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Requiescat Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life's buried here, Heap earth upon it. Oscar Wilde
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Requiescat Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life's buried here, Heap earth upon it. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Just as vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. And falsehoods the truths of other people. Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself. To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde
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Alone, and without any reference to his neighbours, without any interference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing; and if he does not do it solely for his own pleasure, he is not an artist at all. Oscar Wilde
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In England ... education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and would probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square. Oscar Wilde
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All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde
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Skepticism is the beginning of Faith. Oscar Wilde
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Formerly we used to canonize our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable. Oscar Wilde
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But when they had unloosed the linen band, Which swathed the Egyptian's body, - lo! was found, Closed in the wasted hollow of her hand, A little seed, which, sown in English ground, Did wondrous snow of starry blossoms bear, And spread rich odours through our springtide air. Oscar Wilde
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When the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde
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Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is onself. Oscar Wilde
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Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde
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The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one's heart-hearts are made to be broken-but that it turns one's heart to stone. Oscar Wilde
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Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment's solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest. Oscar Wilde
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How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I ca' make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless." "Well, I ca' eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them." "I say it's perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances. Oscar Wilde
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Give a man a mask and he"ll tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde
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You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter - a girl brought up with the utmost care - to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel? Oscar Wilde
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To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Oscar Wilde
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We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes... Oscar Wilde
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The one charm of the past is that it is the past. 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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You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake. I am known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I warn you, Miss Cardew, you may go too far. Oscar Wilde
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