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Oscar Wilde
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You know I have loved him always. But we are very poor. Who, being loved, is poor? Oh, no one. I hate my riches. They are a burden... 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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The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial. Oscar Wilde
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It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world Oscar Wilde
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Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies. Oscar Wilde
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She knew nothing but she had everything he had lost. Oscar Wilde
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I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious." "Oh, that's nonsense, Algy. You never talk anything but nonsense." "Nobody ever does. Oscar Wilde
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I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose. Oscar Wilde
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You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one. 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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Selfishness is not living your life as you wish to live it. Selfishness is wanting others to live their lives as you wish them to. Oscar Wilde
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The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible. Oscar Wilde
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I can believe anything provided it is incredible. Oscar Wilde
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Memory is the diary that chronicles things that never happened or couldn't possibly have happened. Oscar Wilde
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In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. Oscar Wilde
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A good friend will always stab you in the front. 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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I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who be in jail Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long. Oscar Wilde
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It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame. Oscar Wilde
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I walk the world in wonder. Oscar Wilde
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Talk to a woman as if you loved her, and to a man as if he bored you. Oscar Wilde
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In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other. Oscar Wilde
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Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One Oscar Wilde
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Marriage is a long, dull meal with dessert served at the beginning. Oscar Wilde
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The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth. Oscar Wilde
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He rides in the row at ten o clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you? Oscar Wilde
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I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics. Oscar Wilde
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The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art. 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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To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die. Oscar Wilde
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His morality is all sympathy, just what morality should be Oscar Wilde
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Im Krieg machen die Starken die Schwachen zu Sklaven, im Frieden machen die Reichen die Armen zu Sklaven. Oscar Wilde
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The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde
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Marriage is the one subject on which all women agree and all men disagree. Oscar Wilde
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Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! - hang him! Oscar Wilde
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Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things. Oscar Wilde
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The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value. Oscar Wilde
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The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. 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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Never buy a thing you don't want merely because it is dear. Oscar Wilde
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Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Oscar Wilde
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An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be. Oscar Wilde
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I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance Oscar Wilde
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Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them. Oscar Wilde
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What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise [in the future. But only if we set out to make this true and anticipate it so we look for the blessings until we find them]. Oscar Wilde
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A mutual misunderstanding. Oscar Wilde
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