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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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Judges, like the criminal classes, have their lighter moments Oscar Wilde
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Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. Oscar Wilde
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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. ...Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known. I am inclined to say that it is the only real mode of Individualism that the world has known. ...Art is Individualism... Oscar Wilde
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The only thing I can't resist is temptation. Oscar Wilde
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Now, nothing should be able to harm a man except himself. Nothing should be able to rob a man at all. What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance. Oscar Wilde
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The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect for dyed hair. 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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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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I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde
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Immanuel isn't a pun; he Kant be! Oscar Wilde
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I forget what killed it. I think it was her proposing to sacrifice the whole world for me. That is always a dreadful moment. It fills one with the terror of eternity. Oscar Wilde
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When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy. Oscar Wilde
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The moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist. Oscar Wilde
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Tread Lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. Oscar Wilde
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With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized Oscar Wilde
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The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. 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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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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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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What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. Oscar Wilde
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The artistic life is a long, lovely suicide. Oscar Wilde
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A mask tells us more than a face. 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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Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. Oscar Wilde
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