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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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Indeed, so far from being humorous, the male American is the most abnormally serious creature who ever existed.. It is only fair to admit that he can exaggerate, but even his exaggeration has a rational basis. It is not founded on wit or fancy; it does not spring from any poetic imagination. Oscar Wilde
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Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us. Oscar Wilde
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Varnishing is the only artistic process with which Royal Academicians are thoroughly familiar. Oscar Wilde
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I put my talent in my work, I save my Genius for my life. Oscar Wilde
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I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. Oscar Wilde
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The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding. The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. One should always be in love - that's the reason one should never marry. Oscar Wilde
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American girls are as clever at concealing their parents as English women are at concealing their past. Oscar Wilde
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Every woman becomes their mother. That's their tragedy. And no man becomes his. That's his tragedy. Oscar Wilde
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I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope. 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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But what world says that [I'm wicked]? It can only be the next world. This world and I are on excellent terms. Oscar Wilde
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We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it Oscar Wilde
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It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. The thoroughly well-informed man-that is the modern ideal. And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value. Oscar Wilde
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Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither Oscar Wilde
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The good we get from art is not what we learn from it; it is what we become through it. Oscar Wilde
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She...can talk brillantly upon any subject provided she knows nothing about it. Oscar Wilde
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I am too fond of reading books to care to write them. Oscar Wilde
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There are two ways to dislike poetry: One is to dislike it; the other is to read Pope. Oscar Wilde
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Some things are too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde
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The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history. Oscar Wilde
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A passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young. Oscar Wilde
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Love is like a war; easy to start but hard to end and you never know where it might take you. Oscar Wilde
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I won't belong to a club that accepts me as a member Oscar Wilde
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Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid. Oscar Wilde
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On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure. Oscar Wilde
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Your machinery is beautiful. Your society people have apologized to me for the envious ridicule with which your newspapers have referred to me. Your newspapers are comic but never amusing. Your Water Tower is a castellated monstrosity with pepperboxes stuck all over it. I am amazed that any people could so abuse Gothic art and make a structure not like a water tower but like a tower of a medieval castle. It should be torn down. It is a shame to spend so much money on buildings with such an unsatisfactory result. Your city looks positively dreary. Oscar Wilde
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It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. I never quarrel with actions. My one quarrel is with words. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for. Oscar Wilde
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He had uttered a mad wish that he himself might remain untarnished, and the face on the canvas bear the burden of his passions and his sins; that the painted image might be seared with the lines of suffering and thought, and that he might keep all the delicate bloom and loveliness of his then just conscious boyhood. Oscar Wilde
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Bad manners make a journalist. Oscar Wilde
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Something was dead in each of us, and what was dead was hope Oscar Wilde
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No crime is vulgar, but all vulgarity is crime. Oscar Wilde
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We Irish will never achieve anything; but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks Oscar Wilde
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If God wished to punish us, all he would need to do would be to answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde
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George Moore wrote brilliant English until he discovered grammar. Oscar Wilde
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Only good questions deserve good answers. 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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While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first personality, which no one should copy. Oscar Wilde
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I see the moon like a clipped piece of silver. Like gilded bees the stars cluster round her. Oscar Wilde
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My sweet rose, my delicate flower, my lily of lilies, it is perhaps in prison that I am going to test the power of love. I am going to see if I cannot make the bitter warders sweet by the intensity of the love I bear you. I have had moments when I thought it would be wise to separate. Ah! Moments of weakness and madness! Now I see that would have mutilated my life, ruined my art, broken the musical chords which make a perfect soul. Even covered with mud I shall praise you, from the deepest abysses I shall cry to you. In my solitude you will be with me. Oscar Wilde
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If property had simply pleasures, we could stand it; but its duties make it unbearable. In the interest of the rich we must get rid of it. Oscar Wilde
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Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on. Oscar Wilde
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Better the rule of One, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with the kiss of anarchy. Oscar Wilde
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They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins. Oscar Wilde
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Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art. Oscar Wilde
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They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. Oscar Wilde
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Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Oscar Wilde
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An actor is part illusionist, part artist, part ham. Oscar Wilde
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The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me Oscar Wilde
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Never buy anything simply because it is expensive. Oscar Wilde
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Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses - once. Oscar Wilde
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Women's styles may change but their designs remain the same. Oscar Wilde
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What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise for which we are later, in the fullness of time and understanding, very grateful for! Oscar Wilde
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