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Oscar Wilde
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Society, civilized society at least, is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals, and, in its opinion, the highest respectability is of much less value than the possession of a good chef. Oscar Wilde
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The longer I live, Dorian, the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us. In art, as in politics, les grand-peres ont toujours tort. Oscar Wilde
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If we're always guided by other people's thoughts, what's the point in having our own? Oscar Wilde
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The people who have adored me- there have not been very many, but there have been some- have always insisted on living on, long after I had ceased to care for them, or they to care for me. Oscar Wilde
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When good Americans die, they go to Paris" "Where do bad Americans go?" "They stay in America Oscar Wilde
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Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands. Oscar Wilde
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What fire does not destroy, it hardens Oscar Wilde
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Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys. Oscar Wilde
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Muffins should always be eaten quite calmly, as it is the only way to eat them! Oscar Wilde
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Like all people who try to exhaust a subject, he exhausted his listeners. Oscar Wilde
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I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after. Oscar Wilde
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Education is an admirable thing. Oscar Wilde
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Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead. Oscar Wilde
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America is the noisiest country that ever existed. One is waked up in the morning, not by the singing of the nightingale, but by the steam whistle. Oscar Wilde
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In one dancing saloon I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice: 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.' Oscar Wilde
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Nature....she will hang the night stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send word the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole. Oscar Wilde
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You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. Oscar Wilde
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I usually say what I really think. A great mistake nowadays. It makes one so liable to be misunderstood. Oscar Wilde
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Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities. Oscar Wilde
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Lo! with a little rod I did but touch the honey of romance - And must I lose a soul's inheritance? Oscar Wilde
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Even before I met you I was far from indifferent to you. Oscar Wilde
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You are Beautiful when you are happy Oscar Wilde
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Be warned in time, James, and remain, as I do, incomprehensible: to be great is to be misunderstood. Oscar Wilde
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Be yourself; everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde
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It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes. Oscar Wilde
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Pardon me, you are not engaged to any one. When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself. 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 passion 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 paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine. Oscar Wilde
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There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better. Oscar Wilde
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He had' a single redeeming vice. Oscar Wilde
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The wild Bee reels from bough to bough With his furry coat and his gauzy wing, Now in a lily cup, and now Setting a jacinth bell a-swing, In his wandering. Oscar Wilde
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I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance. Oscar Wilde
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I have been right, Basil, have' I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare's plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth. Oscar Wilde
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After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one's tears. Oscar Wilde
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The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. Oscar Wilde
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Thin-lipped wisdom spoke at her from the worn chair, hinted at prudence, quoted from that book of cowardice whose author apes the name of common sense. Oscar Wilde
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Life is a nightmare that prevents one from sleeping. Oscar Wilde
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Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my life...I have put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde
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Love is not fashionable anymore; the poets have killed it. 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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Salome, Salome, dance for me. I pray thee dance for me. I am sad to-night. Yes, I am passing sad to-night. When I came hither I slipped in blood, which is an evil omen; and I heard, I am sure I heard in the air a beating of wings, a beating of giant wings. I cannot tell what they mean .... I am sad to-night. Therefore dance for me. Dance for me, Salome, I beseech you. If you dance for me you may ask of me what you will, and I will give it you, even unto the half of my kingdom. Oscar Wilde
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There are moments, psychologists tell us, when the passion for sin, or what the world calls sin, so dominates a nature, that every fibre of the body, as every cell of the brain, seems to be instinct with fearful impulses. Men and women at such moments lose the freedom of their will. They move to their terrible end as automatons move. Choice is taken from them, and conscience is either killed, or, if it lives at all, lives but to give rebellion its fascination, and disobedience its charm. Oscar Wilde
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A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it. Oscar Wilde
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Never met such a Gorgon . . . I don't really know what a Gorgon is like, but I am quite sure that Lady Bracknell is one. In any case, she is a monster, without being a myth, which is rather unfair. Oscar Wilde
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Pleasure is the only thing one should live for, nothing ages like happiness. Oscar Wilde
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What is the good of friendship if one cannot say exactly what one means? Oscar Wilde
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The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature. Oscar Wilde
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When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money. Oscar Wilde
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I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. But while I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does, I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes. Oscar Wilde
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If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. Oscar Wilde
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I like talking to a brick wall- it's the only thing in the world that never contradicts me! Oscar Wilde
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It is so easy to convince others; it is so difficult to convince oneself. Oscar Wilde
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Create yourself. Be yourself your poem. 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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I tremble with pleasure when I think that on the very day of my leaving prison both the laburnum and the lilac will be blooming in the gardens, and that I shall see the wind stir into restless beauty the swaying gold of the one, and make the other toss the pale purple of its plumes, so that all the air shall be Arabia for me. Oscar Wilde
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She had a passion for secrecy, but she herself was merely a Sphinx without a secret. Oscar Wilde
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The nineteenth century is a turning point in history, simply on account of the work of two men, Darwin and Renan, the one the critic of the Book of Nature, the other the critic of the books of God. Not to recognise this is to miss the meaning of one of the most important eras in the progress of the world. Oscar Wilde
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The heart was made to be broken. Oscar Wilde
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My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman! Oscar Wilde
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If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. Oscar Wilde
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She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm. Oscar Wilde
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I like men who have a future and women who have a past. Oscar Wilde
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Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself. Oscar Wilde
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To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life. Oscar Wilde
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To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde
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Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. Oscar Wilde
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Lawyers have been known to wrest from reluctant juries triumphant verdicts of acquittal for their clients, even when those clients, as often happens, were clearly and unmistakably innocent. Oscar Wilde
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Really, this horrid House of Commons quite ruins our husbands for us. I think the Lower House by far the greatest blow to a happy married life that there has been since that terrible thing called the Higher Education of Women was invented. Oscar Wilde
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And, as for what is called improving conversation, that is merely the foolish method by which the still more foolish philanthropist feebly tries to disarm the just rancour of the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde
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Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures. Oscar Wilde
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Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others. Oscar Wilde
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