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Oscar Wilde
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I was disappointed in Niagara -most people must be disappointed in Niagara. Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life. Oscar Wilde
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In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilisation. Oscar Wilde
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There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do by their foolish and random writing it would be impossible to overestimate - not to the artist but to the public.... Oscar Wilde
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Where there is no exaggeration there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding. It is only about things that do not interest one, that one can give a really unbiased opinion... Oscar Wilde
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Either that wallpaper goes, or I do. Oscar Wilde
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No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists. Oscar Wilde
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Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. Oscar Wilde
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Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde
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Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, the world would have been different. Oscar Wilde
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He hasn't a single redeeming vice. Oscar Wilde
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She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. Oscar Wilde
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This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again. Oscar Wilde
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Cecil Graham: What is a cynic? Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde
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It is grossly selfish to require of one's neighbour that he should think in the same way, and hold the same opinions. Why should he? If he can think, he will probably think differently. If he cannot think, it is monstrous to require thought of any kind. 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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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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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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Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. 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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And down the long and silent street, The dawn, with silver-sandalled feet, Crept like a frightened girl. Oscar Wilde
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Tell me, when you are alone with him Sphinx, does he take off his face and reveal his mask? Oscar Wilde
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One can survive everything nowadays except death. Oscar Wilde
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The English are always degrading truths into facts. When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value. Oscar Wilde
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I've now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde
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With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde
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There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. 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. Oscar Wilde
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A thing is, according to the mode in which one looks at it. Oscar Wilde
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All trials are trials of one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death. Oscar Wilde
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A woman's life revolves in curves of emotions. It is upon lines of intellect that a man's life progresses. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion rests upon folly. Art rests upon law. Fashion is ephemeral. Art is eternal. Indeed what is a fashion really? A fashion is merely a form of ugliness so absolutely unbearable that we have to alter it every six months! It is quite clear that were it beautiful and rational we would not alter anything that combined those two rare qualities. And wherever dress has been so, it has remained unchanged in law and principle for many hundred years. Oscar Wilde
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A man whose desire is to be something separate from himself, to be a member of Parliament, or a successful grocer, or a prominent solicitor, or a judge, or something equally tedious, invariably succeeds in being what he wants to be. That is his punishment. Those who want a mask have to wear it. Oscar Wilde
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California is an Italy without its art. Oscar Wilde
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Cleverness becomes a public nuisance. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to atone for being occasionally overdressed is to be massively overeducated. Oscar Wilde
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A woman who cannot make her mistakes charming, is only a female. Oscar Wilde
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Marco Polo had seen the inhabitants of Zipangu place rose-colored pearls in the mouths of the dead. A sea-monster had been enamoured of the pearl that the diver brought to King Perozes, and had slain the thief, and mourned for seven moons over its loss. Oscar Wilde
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Whenever I'm in doubt, I ask myself, 'What would Jesus do?' And then I realize, Jesus got crucified, so maybe his decision-making isn't all that great. Oscar Wilde
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Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. Oscar Wilde
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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands. Oscar Wilde
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A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? Oscar Wilde
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The 'Love that dare not speak its name' in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michael Angelo and Shakespeare. Oscar Wilde
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I never put off till to-morrow what I can possibly do... the day after. Oscar Wilde
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It is sad. One half of the world does not believe in God, and the other half does not believe in me. Oscar Wilde
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Each time one loves is the only time that one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. Oscar Wilde
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If art [is] to have a special train, the critic must keep some seats reserved on it. Oscar Wilde
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The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has yet discovered. 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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