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Oscar Wilde
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His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language. Oscar Wilde
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All art is at once surface and symbol. Oscar Wilde
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What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us. Oscar Wilde
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Some people always know the price, but not the value Oscar Wilde
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It is not the prisoners who need reformation, it is the prisons. Oscar Wilde
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Starvation, not sin, is the parent of modern crime. Oscar Wilde
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Men of thoughts should have nothing to do with action. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing worse than quoting me, is not quoting me Oscar Wilde
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A virtuous abstinence from the joys of pederasty comes most easily to those who have no taste for it. Oscar Wilde
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Never so sweet a repast as the Reaper's when you tread upon the threshold of a Quiznos. Oscar Wilde
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Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth. Oscar Wilde
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In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor. Oscar Wilde
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I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man. Oscar Wilde
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A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtures are not real to him. His sins, if there are such thing as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. Oscar Wilde
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He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals. Oscar Wilde
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Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me? Oscar Wilde
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My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go. Oscar Wilde
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Many people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honor. Oscar Wilde
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People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately. Oscar Wilde
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I was wrong. God's law is only Love. Oscar Wilde
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It can never be necessary to do what is not honourable. Oscar Wilde
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The world has become sad because a puppet was once melancholy. The nihilist, that strange martyr who has no faith, who goes to the stake without enthusiasm, and dies for what he does not believe in, is a purely literary product. He was invented by Turgenev, and completed by Dostoevsky. Robespierre came out of the pages of Rousseau as surely as the People's Palace rose out debris of a novel. Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. Oscar Wilde
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A burnt child loves the fire. Oscar Wilde
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I hope you hair curls naturally, does it? Yes, darling, with a little help from others. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing, indeed, is more dangerous to the young artist than any conception of ideal beauty: he is constantly led by it either into weak prettiness or lifeless abstraction: whereas to touch the ideal at all you must not strip it of vitality. You must find it in life and re-create it in art. Oscar Wilde
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They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too. Oscar Wilde
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Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons. Oscar Wilde
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we always misunderstood ourselves, and rarely understood others Oscar Wilde
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It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institutions of private property. 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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Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life. Oscar Wilde
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The curves of your lips rewrite history. Oscar Wilde
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Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite moments. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to even approach doing something perfectly is through experience, and experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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The English public always feels perfectly at ease when a mediocrity is talking to it. Oscar Wilde
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The ability of the theist to misunderstand a thing is directly proportional to the obviousness of the thing. Oscar Wilde
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In England people actually try to be brilliant at breakfast. That is so dreadful of them! Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. Oscar Wilde
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The first thing that struck me on landing in America was that if the Americans are not the most well-dressed people in the world, they are the most comfortably dressed. Oscar Wilde
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A flower blossoms for its own joy. Oscar Wilde
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And when wind and winter harden All the loveless land, It will whisper of the garden, You will understand. Oscar Wilde
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I am not in favour of this modern mania for turning bad people into good people at a moment's notice. Oscar Wilde
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We call ours a utilitarian age, and we do not know the uses of any single thing. We have forgotten that water can cleanse, that fire can purify, and that the Earth is mother to us all. Oscar Wilde
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It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties. 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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Live the wonderful life that is in you. Oscar Wilde
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In all pointed sentences some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness. 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 civilised 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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The condition of perfection is idleness; the aim of perfection is youth. Oscar Wilde
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The American father... is never seen in London. He passes his life entirely in Wall Street and communicates with his family once a month by means of a telegram in cipher. Oscar Wilde
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I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life. Oscar Wilde
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Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Oscar Wilde
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In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst. Oscar Wilde
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A damsel is a genius in the daytime and a beauty at night. Oscar Wilde
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A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude. Oscar Wilde
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Good taste is the excuse I have given for leading such a bad life. Oscar Wilde
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Ah well, I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means. Oscar Wilde
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He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone. Oscar Wilde
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Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but molds it to its purpose. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, I do' care about Jack. I do' care for anybody in the whole world but you. I love you, Cecily. You will marry me, wo' 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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Woman's first duty in life is to her dressmaker. What the second duty is no one has yet discovered. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal. Oscar Wilde
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And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed. Oscar Wilde
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The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties. Oscar Wilde
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Her ivory hands on the ivory keys Strayed in a fitful fantasy, Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees Rustle their pale leaves listlessly Or the drifting foam of a restless sea When the waves show their teeth in the flying breeze. Oscar Wilde
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Argument's are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. Oscar Wilde
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Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it. Oscar Wilde
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