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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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I can resist anything but the temptation to make a clever witticism. Oscar Wilde
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Behind Joy and Laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard and callous. But behind Sorrow there is always Sorrow. Pain, unlike Pleasure, wears no mask. Oscar Wilde
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Any place you love is the world to you. Oscar Wilde
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One's days were too brief to take the burden of another's errors on one's shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. Oscar Wilde
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Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? I ask merely for information. I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand. Good Heavens! Is marriage so demoralizing as that? I believe it is a very pleasant state, sir. I have had very little experience of it myself up to the present. I have only been married once. That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person. Oscar Wilde
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Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Oscar Wilde
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I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much Oscar Wilde
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If a woman wants to hold a man she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him. Oscar Wilde
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The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not its growth and development. Oscar Wilde
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I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty. Oscar Wilde
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It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression. Oscar Wilde
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She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. 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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The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company. Oscar Wilde
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Love! What is love? It's nothing. It's just a word. It doesn't exist. Only pleasure is important. 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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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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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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Wisdom comes with winters. Oscar Wilde
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