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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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While to the claims of charity a man may yield and yet be free, to the claims of conformity no man may yield and remain free at all. Oscar Wilde
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There is a tiny yellow daffodil, The butterfly can see it from afar, Although one summer evening's dew could fill Its little cup twice over, ere the star Had called the lazy shepherd to his fold, And be no prodigal. Oscar Wilde
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Newspapers. . . give us the bald, sordid, disgusting facts of life. They chronicle, with degrading avidity, the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details. . . Oscar Wilde
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A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as romance in our day, women have become too brilliant; nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. Oscar Wilde
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I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood. Oscar Wilde
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Life! Life! Don't let us go to life for our fulfilment or our experience. Life makes us pay too high a price for its wares, and we purchase the meanest of its secrets at a cost that is monstrous and infinite. Oscar Wilde
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The final mystery is oneself... Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul. 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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The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public. Oscar Wilde
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I have no objection to anyone's sex life as long as they don't practice it in the street and frighten the horses. 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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We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible. Oscar Wilde
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The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away. Oscar Wilde
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One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing. Oscar Wilde
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Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all. 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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We live, I regret to say, in an age of Big Data hype. Oscar Wilde
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Know thyself' was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, 'Be thyself' shall be written. Oscar Wilde
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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, brothers! I don't care for brothers. My elder brother won't die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else. Oscar Wilde
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If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life. 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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Punctuality is the thief of time Oscar Wilde
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Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words? Oscar Wilde
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The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. Oscar Wilde
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Hearts Live By Being Wounded Oscar Wilde
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The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility! Oscar Wilde
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Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner. Oscar Wilde
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That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography. Oscar Wilde
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The truth is never pure and rarely simple. Oscar Wilde
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The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passions are for the great of souls. Great events can only be seen by people who are on a level with them. We think we can have our visions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing visions have to be paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine. Oscar Wilde
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Everything that is popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde
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As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection. Oscar Wilde
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If God really wanted to punish, he'd answer all our prayers. Oscar Wilde
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They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if either of them did anything of the kind he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde
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A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life. 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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I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Oscar Wilde
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There is more to be said for stupidity than people imagine. Personally I have a great admiration for stupidity. It is a sort of fellow-feeling, I suppose. Oscar Wilde
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It's not hard to get the ideas when they come. They just come... it's painful waiting for them. Oscar Wilde
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I never saw so many well-dressed, well-fed, business-looking Bohemians in my life. Oscar Wilde
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The supreme object of life is to live. Few people live. It is true life only to realize one's own perfection, to make one's every dream a reality. Oscar Wilde
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I must say to myself that I ruined myself, and that nobody great or small can be ruined except by his own hand. I am quite ready to say so. ... Terrible as was what the world did to me, what I did to myself was far more terrible still. Oscar Wilde
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Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses. Oscar Wilde
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Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Oscar Wilde
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The Governor was strong upon The Regulation Act: The Doctor said that Death was but A scientific fact: And twice a day the Chaplain called, And left a little tract. Oscar Wilde
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