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Oscar Wilde
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America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde
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The English public, as a mass, takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral. Oscar Wilde
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I know not whether Laws be right Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who live in gaol Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long. Oscar Wilde
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We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. Oscar Wilde
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All costumes are caricatures. The basis of Art is not the Fancy Ball. Oscar Wilde
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The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for 300 years. Oscar Wilde
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Newspapers... give us the bald, sordid, disgusting facts of life. They chronicle, with degrading avidity, the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details... Oscar Wilde
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It requires one to assume such indecent postures. Oscar Wilde
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No, Ernest, don't talk about action. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. Oscar Wilde
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Every effort that one produces gives one an enemy. To be popular one must be a mediocrity. Oscar Wilde
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I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing. Oscar Wilde
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How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say. Oscar Wilde
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When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. Oscar Wilde
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You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done. Oscar Wilde
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An excellent man! He hasn't an enemy in the world, and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde
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And now, I am dying beyond my means. Oscar Wilde
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CECILY. When I see a spade I call it a spade. GWENDOLEN. I am glad to say I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different. Oscar Wilde
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In fact, the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.... The Japanese people are... simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art. Oscar Wilde
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Do you know that 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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You know I have loved him always. But we are very poor. Who, being loved, is poor? Oh, no one. I hate my riches. They are a burden... 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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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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Why was I born with such contemporaries? Oscar Wilde
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It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. Oscar Wilde
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Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Oscar Wilde
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It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone. Oscar Wilde
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Sometimes it takes courage to give into temptation. Oscar Wilde
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I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited. Oscar Wilde
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Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out. Oscar Wilde
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There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love. Oscar Wilde
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What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics. Oscar Wilde
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Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night. Oscar Wilde
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He was a hero to his valet, who bullied him, and a terror to most of his relations, whom he bullied in turn. Only England could have produced him, and he always said that the country was going to the dogs. His principles were out of date, but there was a good deal to be said for his prejudices. Oscar Wilde
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We women adore failures. They lean on us. Oscar Wilde
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The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. 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. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it. Oscar Wilde
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Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not. Oscar Wilde
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To be entirely free, and at the same time entirely dominated by law, is the eternal paradox of human life. Oscar Wilde
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Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them. Oscar Wilde
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M. Zola is determined to show that, if he has not got genius, he can at least be dull. Oscar Wilde
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Men are such cowards. They outrage every law in the world and are afraid of the world's tongue. Oscar Wilde
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There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do by their foolish and random writing it would be impossible to overestimate-not to the artist but to the public.... Without them we would judge a man simply by his work; but at present the newspapers are trying hard to induce the public to judge a sculptor, for instance, never by his statues but by the way he treats his wife; a painter by the amount of his income and a poet by the colour of his necktie. Oscar Wilde
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The only form of lying that is absolutely beyond reproach is lying for its own sake. Oscar Wilde
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The birds that were singing in the dew-drenched garden seemed to be telling the flowers about her. Oscar Wilde
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It is better to repent a sin than regret the loss of a pleasure. Oscar Wilde
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Great passions are for the great of soul, and great events can be seen only by those who are on a level with them Oscar Wilde
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There were sins whose fascination was more in the memory than in the doing of them, strange triumphs that gratified the pride more than the passions, and gave to the intellect a quickened sense of joy, greater than any joy they brought, or could ever bring, to the senses. Oscar Wilde
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JACK That is nonsense. If I marry a charming girl like Gwendolen, and she is the only girl I ever saw in my life that I would marry, I certainly won't want to know Bunbury. ALGERNON Then your wife will. You don't seem to realize, that in married life three is company and two is none. JACK That, my dear young friend, is the theory that the corrupt French Drama has been propounding for the last fifty years. ALGERNON Yes; and that the happy English home has proved in half the time. Oscar Wilde
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Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. The only pity was one had to pay so often for a single fault. One had to pay over and over again, indeed. In her dealings with man, Destiny never closed her accounts. Oscar Wilde
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