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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[Married men] are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not. Oscar Wilde
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Perhaps one never seems so much at one's ease as when one has to play a part. Oscar Wilde
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For what is Truth? In matters of religion, it is simply the opinion that has survived. In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation. In matters of art, it is one's last mood. Oscar Wilde
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Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Oscar Wilde
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Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. 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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