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However, it is always nice to be expected, and not to arrive. Oscar Wilde
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Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage makes her something like a public building. Oscar Wilde
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Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile. Oscar Wilde
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The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. Oscar Wilde
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The secret of life is in art. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion: by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal. 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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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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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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Chrysanthemums from gilded argosy Unload their gaudy senseless merchandise. 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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Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development. Oscar Wilde
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The world has been made by fools that wise men may live in it. Oscar Wilde
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There is nothing that stirs in the whole world of thought to which sorrow does not vibrate in terrible and exquisite pulsation. Oscar Wilde
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I now see that sorrow, being the supreme emotion of which man is capable, is at once the type and test of all great art. Oscar Wilde
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There are times when sorrow seems to me to be the only truth. Oscar Wilde
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We spend our days, each one of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in Art. 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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Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed. People talk sometimes of secret vices, there are no such things. If a wretched man has a vice, it shows itself in the lines of his mouth, the droop of his eyelids, the moulding of his hands even. Oscar Wilde
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Before Turner there was no fog in London. Oscar Wilde
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I may have said the same thing before... but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different. Oscar Wilde
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In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. 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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LORD GORING: I am glad you have called. I am going to give you some good advice. MRS. CHEVELEY: Oh! pray don't. One should never give a woman anything that she can't wear in the evening. Oscar Wilde
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Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love's tragedies. Oscar Wilde
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To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde
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Dear little Swallow," said the Prince, "you tell me of marvelous things, but more marvelous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Oscar Wilde
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The world is made by the singer for the dreamer. Oscar Wilde
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Even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others. Modern, no less then Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable. Oscar Wilde
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Dear little Swallow,' said the Prince, 'you tell me of marvelous things, but more marvelous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Oscar Wilde
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The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde
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God and other artists are always a little obscure..... Oscar Wilde
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Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day. Oscar Wilde
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He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression... 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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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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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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He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize Oscar Wilde
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Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde
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In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. Oscar Wilde
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The only horrible thing in the world is ennui. Oscar Wilde
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You are more to me than any of them has any idea; you are the atmosphere of beauty through which I see life; you are the incarnation of all lovely things...I think of you day and night. ~ Letter to Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas Oscar Wilde
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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. If a personality fascinates me, whatever mode of expression that personality selects is absolutely delightful to me. Oscar Wilde
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My life-my whole life- take it, and do with it what you will. I love you-love you as I have never loved any living thing. From the moment I met you I loved you, loved you blindly, adoringly,madly! You didn't know it then-you know it now. Oscar Wilde
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Civilization is not by means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt. Oscar Wilde
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I am always late on principle, my principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. Oscar Wilde
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