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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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It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country Oscar Wilde
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It is sweet to dance to violins When love and life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air! Oscar Wilde
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Requiescat Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life's buried here, Heap earth upon it. Oscar Wilde
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Sometime you will find, even as I have found, that there is no such thing as romantic experience; there are romantic memories, and there is the desire of romance- that is all. Our most fiery moments of ecstasy are merely shadows of what somewhere else we have felt, or of what we long someday to feel Oscar Wilde
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They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about. Oscar Wilde
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Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories. Oscar Wilde
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I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it. Oscar Wilde
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If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out. Oscar Wilde
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Nature is a wet place where large numbers of ducks fly overhead uncooked. Oscar Wilde
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The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion-these are the two things that govern us. Oscar Wilde
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If one doesn't talk about a thing, it has never happened. It is simply expression that gives reality to things. Oscar Wilde
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What a silly thing love is! It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything and it is always telling one things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. Oscar Wilde
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Reported as Oscar Wilde's last words on his death bed... This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has to go. Oscar Wilde
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When you really want love you will find it waiting for you. Oscar Wilde
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I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. 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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The supreme vice is shallowness. Oscar Wilde
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If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde
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When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. Oscar Wilde
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There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. Oscar Wilde
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As a rule, I think they are quite impossible. Geniuses talk so much, don't they? Such a bad habit! And they are always thinking about themselves, when I want them to be thinking about me. Oscar Wilde
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But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Oscar Wilde
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Women have become so highly educated... that nothing should surprise us nowadays, except happy marriages. Oscar Wilde
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I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living. Oscar Wilde
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No gentleman ever has any money. Oscar Wilde
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Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered. Oscar Wilde
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The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, I don't care about Jack. I don't care for anybody in the whole world but you. I love you, Cecily. You will marry me, won't you? You silly boy! Of course. Why, we have been engaged for the last three months. For the last three months? Oscar Wilde
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To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. Oscar Wilde
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Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won't be invited to cocktail parties. Oscar Wilde
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It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors. Oscar Wilde
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By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
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Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. Oscar Wilde
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I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde
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The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. Oscar Wilde
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Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde
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Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde
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The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde
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A poet can survive everything but a misprint. Oscar Wilde
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Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. Oscar Wilde
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The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde
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I have nothing to declare except my genuis. Oscar Wilde
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He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. Oscar Wilde
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The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. Oscar Wilde
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There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us. Oscar Wilde
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Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable. Oscar Wilde
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I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. Oscar Wilde
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The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. Oscar Wilde
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Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing. Oscar Wilde
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Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm. Oscar Wilde
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I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead. Oscar Wilde
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