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And suddenly the moon withdraws her sickle from the lightening skies, and to her sombre cavern flies, wrapped in a veil of yellow gauze. Oscar Wilde
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Just because a man has died for it, does not make it true. Oscar Wilde
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When he takes the knife to the canvass the servants find him lying dead with a knife through is heart and "withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage." and the portrait "in all the wonders of his exquisite youth and beauty." p 349 Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde was suing the Marquis of Queensbury in 1895 for libel accusing Wilde of homosexuality Counsel: Have you ever adored a young man madly? Wilde: I have never given adoration to anyone except myself. Oscar Wilde
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It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world Oscar Wilde
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A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. Oscar Wilde
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One should always be a little improbable. Oscar Wilde
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He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize Oscar Wilde
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I am tired of myself to-night. I should like to be somebody else. Oscar Wilde
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Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. Oscar Wilde
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Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow on another like the withered leaves of Autumn. Oscar Wilde
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Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two. Oscar Wilde
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The greatest of all sins is stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. Oscar Wilde
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Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore. Oscar Wilde
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Yet, even for us, there is left some loveliness of environment, and the dullness of tutors and professors matters very little when one can loiter in the grey cloisters at Magdalen, and listen to some flute-like voice singing in Waynfleete's chapel, or lie in the green meadow, among the strange snakespotted fritillaries, and watch the sunburnt noon smite to a finer gold the tower's gilded vanes, or wander up the Christ Church staircase beneath the vaulted ceiling's shadowy fans, or pass through the sculptured gateway of Laud's building in the College of St. John. Oscar Wilde
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It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. Oscar Wilde
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Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life. Oscar Wilde
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The job of the critic is to report to us his moods. Oscar Wilde
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The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction. Oscar Wilde
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In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth. Oscar Wilde
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Chrysanthemums from gilded argosy Unload their gaudy senseless merchandise. Oscar Wilde
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Loveless marriages are horrible. But there is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. A marriage in which there is love, but on one side only; faith, but on one side only; devotion, but on one side only, and in which of the two hearts one is sure to be broken. Oscar Wilde
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Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development. Oscar Wilde
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The great poet is always a seer, seeing less with the eyes of the body than he does with the eyes of the mind. Oscar Wilde
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Talent borrows, genius steals! Oscar Wilde
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Even now I cannot help feeling that it is a mistake to think that the passion one feels in creation is ever really shown in the work one creates. Oscar Wilde
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You can never be overdressed or overeducated. Oscar Wilde
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Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. Oscar Wilde
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America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself. Oscar Wilde
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To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture. Oscar Wilde
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All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Oscar Wilde
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The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death. Oscar Wilde
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My wish isn't to mean everything to everyone but something to someone. Oscar Wilde
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I'm not nearly young enough to know everything Oscar Wilde
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I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you useful information. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde
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The only link between Literature and the Drama left to us in England at the present moment is the bill of the play. Oscar Wilde
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The only sin is stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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Be yourself, because others are already taken. Oscar Wilde
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No publisher should ever express an opinion of the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. Oscar Wilde
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When I see a spade, I call it a spade. I'm glad to say I have never seen a spade. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use it. It's the only thing he's fit for. Oscar Wilde
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He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise. Oscar Wilde
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There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other-by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought. Oscar Wilde
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People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. Authority over him and his art is ridiculous. Oscar Wilde
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Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword! Oscar Wilde
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Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. Oscar Wilde
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The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. Oscar Wilde
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Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. Oscar Wilde
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Religion is a fashionable substitute for Belief. Oscar Wilde
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It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true. Oscar Wilde
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[At the New York Custom House in 1882:] I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde
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Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. Oscar Wilde
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A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain. Oscar Wilde
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Most people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. Oscar Wilde
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A sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn't know the market price of any single thing. Oscar Wilde
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The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life. Oscar Wilde
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The mere existence of conscience, that faculty of which people prate so much nowadays, and are so ignorantly proud, is a sign of our imperfect development. It must be merged in instinct before we become fine. Oscar Wilde
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Formerly we used to canonise our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarise them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable. Oscar Wilde
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When people talk to me about the weather, I always feel they mean something else. Oscar Wilde
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Miss Prism: ... And you do not seem to reealize, dear Doctor, that by persistently remaining single, a man coverts himself into a permanent public temptation. ... Chausuble: But is a man not equally attractive when married? Miss Prism: No married man is ever attractive except to his wife. Chausuble: And often, I've been told, not even to her. Oscar Wilde
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What is mind but motion in the intellectual sphere? Oscar Wilde
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Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Oscar Wilde
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This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde
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There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde
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Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde
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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde
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Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. Oscar Wilde
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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar Wilde
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One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde
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