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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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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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There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about. Oscar Wilde
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Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde
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It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Oscar Wilde
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One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. Oscar Wilde
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Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. Oscar Wilde
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Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde
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To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. Oscar Wilde
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It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information. Oscar Wilde
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Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion. Oscar Wilde
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She is a peacock in everything but beauty. Oscar Wilde
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Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away. Oscar Wilde
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All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde
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I love acting. It is so much more real than life. Oscar Wilde
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The Americans are certainly hero-worshipers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde
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Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber Oscar Wilde
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It is a pity to make a mystery out of what should most easily be understood. There is nothing occult about the thought that all things maybe made well or made ill. A work of art is a well-made thing - that is all. It may be a well-made statue of a well-made chair or a well-made book. Art is not a special sauce applied to ordinary cooking; it is the cooking itself that is good. Most simply and generally, Art may be thought of as "The Well Doing of What Needs Doing." Oscar Wilde
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I can sympathize with everything, except suffering. Oscar Wilde
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Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment. Oscar Wilde
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Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde
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The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. Oscar Wilde
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The only proper intoxication is conversation. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them. Oscar Wilde
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The Roman Catholic Church is for saints and sinners alone - for respectable people, the Anglican Church will do. Oscar Wilde
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And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory; and grasp the tail that like a monstrous asp coils round your heavy velvet paws. Oscar Wilde
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The best revenge is to live well. Oscar Wilde
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It is he who has broken the bond of marriage - not I. I only break its bondage. Oscar Wilde
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A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses. Oscar Wilde
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We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. Oscar Wilde
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And if life be, as it surely is, a problem to me, I am no less a problem to life. Oscar Wilde
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You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages. Oscar Wilde
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Where your life leads you, you must go Oscar Wilde
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I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on honeycomb. Oscar Wilde
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Only the great masters of style ever succeed in being obscure. Oscar Wilde
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He who stands most remote from his age is he who mirrors it best. Oscar Wilde
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People seldom tell the truths that are worth telling. We ought to choose our truths as carefully as we choose our lies and to select our virtues with as much thought as we bestow upon the selection of our enemies. Oscar Wilde
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Far away beyond the pine-woods,' he answered, in a low dreamy voice, 'there is a little garden. There the grass grows long and deep, there are the great white stars of the hemlock flower, there the nightingale sings all night long. All night long he sings, and the cold, crystal moon looks down, and the yew-tree spreads out its giant arms over the sleepers. Oscar Wilde
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the costume of the nineteenth century is detestable. It is so sombre, so depressing. Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life. Oscar Wilde
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I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. Oscar Wilde
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I can resist anything but the temptation to make a clever witticism. Oscar Wilde
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Behind Joy and Laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard and callous. But behind Sorrow there is always Sorrow. Pain, unlike Pleasure, wears no mask. Oscar Wilde
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Any place you love is the world to you. Oscar Wilde
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One's days were too brief to take the burden of another's errors on one's shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. Oscar Wilde
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Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? I ask merely for information. I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand. Good Heavens! Is marriage so demoralizing as that? I believe it is a very pleasant state, sir. I have had very little experience of it myself up to the present. I have only been married once. That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person. Oscar Wilde
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Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Oscar Wilde
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I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much Oscar Wilde
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If a woman wants to hold a man she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him. Oscar Wilde
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The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not its growth and development. Oscar Wilde
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I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty. Oscar Wilde
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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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She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. Oscar Wilde
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Divorces are made in heaven. Oscar Wilde
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A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position. Oscar Wilde
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Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one center of pain. Oscar Wilde
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One's only real life is the life one never leads. Oscar Wilde
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To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar. Oscar Wilde
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When both a speaker and an audience are confused, the speech is profound. Oscar Wilde
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I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. Oscar Wilde
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The best way to make children good is to make them happy. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion. Oscar Wilde
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The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach. Oscar Wilde
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The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company. Oscar Wilde
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Love! What is love? It's nothing. It's just a word. It doesn't exist. Only pleasure is important. Oscar Wilde
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