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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 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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I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art. Oscar Wilde
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A live unexamined isn't worth living. I will add, "A life unlived isn't worth examining. Oscar Wilde
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The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered. Oscar Wilde
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If you want to be witty, say what you think at all times Oscar Wilde
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Society takes upon itself the right to inflict appalling punishment on the individual, but it also has the supreme vice of shallowness, and fails to realize what it has done. When the man's punishment is over, it leaves him to himself; that is to say, it abandons him at the very moment when its highest duty towards him begins. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to get rid of tempation is to yeild to it. Oscar Wilde
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When I ask for a water cress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it. Oscar Wilde
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There is no man who is not, at each moment, what he has been and what he will be. Oscar Wilde
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Progress is the realization of utopia. Oscar Wilde
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Schopenhauer has analysed the pessimism that characterize modern thought, but Hamlet invented it Oscar Wilde
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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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And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not? And I don't like that. It makes men so very attractive. Oscar Wilde
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It is perfectly possible to get what you think you want and be miserable. It's possible too, to never get it but deeply enjoy the process of trying. In this world, there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde
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The best people to work for are me, myself and I. Oscar Wilde
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To live in this world is a rare thing; most people just exist. Oscar Wilde
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A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, no doubt the cod is a splendid swimmer - admirable for swimming purposes but not for eating. Oscar Wilde
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Poets know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions. Oscar Wilde
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An opinion is not necesarily correct just because you're willing to die for it. Oscar Wilde
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Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring. Oscar Wilde
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All authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and it degrades those over whom it is exercised. Oscar Wilde
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The ages live in history through their anachronisms. Oscar Wilde
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The criminal classes are so close to us that even the policemen can see them... Oscar Wilde
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After a good quality dinner one will be able to forgive anybody, still one's own relations. Oscar Wilde
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Hard work is amply the refuge of those who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde
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I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram. Oscar Wilde
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Why, what a wonderful piece of luck! Here is a red rose! I have never seen any rose like it in all my life. It is so beautiful that I am sure it has a long Latin name. Oscar Wilde
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It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence. Oscar Wilde
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Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde
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The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde
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Patriotism is the vice of nations. Oscar Wilde
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To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde
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To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. Oscar Wilde
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To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable. Oscar Wilde
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Now don't stir. I'll be back in five minutes. And don't fall into any temptations while I am away. Oscar Wilde
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Misery and poverty are so absolutely degrading, and exercise such a paralysing effect over the nature of men, that no class is ever really conscious of its own suffering. They have to be told of it by other people, and they often entirely disbelieve them. Oscar Wilde
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Art is Individualism, and Individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. Therein lies its immense value. For what it seeks to disturb is monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine. Oscar Wilde
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Wisdom comes with winters. Oscar Wilde
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I don't play accurately-any one can play accurately- but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life. Oscar Wilde
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Do not speak ill of society, Algie. Only people who can't get in do that. Oscar Wilde
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There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. Oscar Wilde
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God and other artists are always a little obscure. Oscar Wilde
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Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does one's self. Oscar Wilde
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How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver. Oscar Wilde
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It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Oscar Wilde
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The things of nature do not really belong to us; we should leave them to our children as we have received them. Oscar Wilde
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The fact is, that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde
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[When asked why he was staring at a pair of vases on his mantelpiece:] Oh, would that I could live up to my blue china! Oscar Wilde
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Don't tell me that you have exhausted life. When a man says that one knows that Life has exhausted him. Oscar Wilde
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[When asked to name the hundred best books of all time:] I fear that would be impossible, because I have only written five. Oscar Wilde
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They swallow their classics whole, and never taste them. Oscar Wilde
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Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to overeducate ourselves. Oscar Wilde
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I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world. Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance. Oscar Wilde
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To become the spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life. Oscar Wilde
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Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak. They are simply cheques that men draw on a bank where they have no account. Oscar Wilde
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A sentimentalist 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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Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing it is always from the noblest motive. Oscar Wilde
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Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes. Oscar Wilde
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Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who ca' get into it do that. Oscar Wilde
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I played with an idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escaped and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox. Oscar Wilde
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