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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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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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Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. Oscar Wilde
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Music is the art... which most completely realizes the artistic idea and is the condition to which all the other arts are constantly aspiring. Oscar Wilde
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All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All lives, save loveless lives, true Love should pardon. Oscar Wilde
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What you read when you don't have to... Oscar Wilde
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As for omens, there is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that. Oscar Wilde
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Even things that are true can be proved. Oscar Wilde
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Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day. Oscar Wilde
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Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live. 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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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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The story of mankind began in a garden and ended in revelations. Oscar Wilde
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If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity. Oscar Wilde
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Only people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons, and only people who are dull ever succeed there. Oscar Wilde
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Artists reproduce themselves or each other, with wearisome iteration. But criticism is always moving on, and the critic is always developing. Oscar Wilde
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Clergymen and people who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation. Oscar Wilde
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The essence of thought, as the essence of life, is growth. Oscar Wilde
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Every thing to be true must become a religion. Oscar Wilde
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The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Indeed, the probabilities are that the more insincere the man is, the more purely intellectual will the idea be, as in that case it will not be coloured by either his wants, his desires, or his prejudices. Oscar Wilde
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For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. Outside, the day may be blue and gold, but the light that creeps down through the thickly-muffled glass of the small iron-barred window beneath which one sits is grey and niggard. It is always twilight in one's cell, as it is always twilight in one's heart. And in the sphere of thought, no less than in the sphere of time, motion is no more. 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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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 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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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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Do not forget that small daily actions do or undo character. Oscar Wilde
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I tried to visit Albania but I couldn't find it on the map. Oscar Wilde
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She doth mean the earth to me! By earth, I actually mean dust. Oscar Wilde
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Veni vidi veni iterum! (I came, I saw, I came again!) Oscar Wilde
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All love is true, but not all truth ... is love? Oscar Wilde
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Philosophy is like a normal personal organizer, but it's smaller than a matchbox. Oscar Wilde
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The universe is God. I am God so that means I am the universe. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as a heterosexual male, only men who haven't met Oscar Wilde yet. Oscar Wilde
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