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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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I see the moon like a clipped piece of silver. Like gilded bees the stars cluster round her. 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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A flower blossoms for its own joy. 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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She...can talk brillantly upon any subject provided she knows nothing about it. 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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Nowadays, saying what you really think can be a serious error since one risks being misunderstood. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can sympathise with all the sufferings of the pal, nevertheless it involves an extremely great mother nature to sympathise by using a friend's achievement. Oscar Wilde
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Learn to differentiate between ignorance and stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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History is only gossip. Oscar Wilde
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A true gentleman is one who is never intentionally rude. Oscar Wilde
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And beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or spring-time, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has its divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it. Oscar Wilde
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Men as a rule love with their eyes, woman with their ears. Oscar Wilde
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Tread Lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. Oscar Wilde
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Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. Oscar Wilde
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I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips. Oscar Wilde
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His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. Oscar Wilde
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The more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art really reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious crudities, her extraordinary montony, her absolutely unfinished condition. Oscar Wilde
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Meredith is a prose Browning, and so is Browning. He used poetry as a medium for writing in prose. Oscar Wilde
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I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. Oscar Wilde
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Science can never grapple with the irrational. That is why it has no future before it, in this world. Oscar Wilde
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Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb a the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf. Oscar Wilde
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Lord Caversham: No woman, plain or pretty, has any common sense at all, sir. Common sense is the privilege of our sex. Lord Goring: Quite so. And we men are so self-sacrificing that we never use it, do we, father? Oscar Wilde
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Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. Oscar Wilde
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And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, None knew so well as I: For he who lives more lives than one More deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde
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When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde
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For a sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde
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Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to encourage in others. Oscar Wilde
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Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - ah! there is the sting of life. Oscar Wilde
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The criticism which I have quoted is criticism of the highest kind. It treats the work of art simply as a starting-point for a new creation. It does not confine itself... to discovering the real intention of the artist and accepting that as final. Oscar Wilde
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The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde
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We [women] have a much better time than they [men] have. There are far more things forbidden to us than are forbidden to them. Oscar Wilde
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Study the Peerage.... It is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done. Oscar Wilde
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On account of it ['the Love that dare not speak its name'] I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man, when the elder man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope, and glamour of life before him. Oscar Wilde
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I treated Art as the supreme reality, and life as a mere mode of fiction: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram. Oscar Wilde
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Poets, you know, are always ahead of science; all the great discoveries of science have been stated before in poetry. Oscar Wilde
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I have put my genius into my life; I have put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde
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Work is the curse of the drinking classes of this country. Oscar Wilde
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Decidedly one of us will have to go. Oscar Wilde
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To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. Oscar Wilde
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The great events of one's life often leave one unmoved: they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. Oscar Wilde
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To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. Oscar Wilde
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It is so easy for people to have sympathy with suffering. It is so difficult for them to have sympathy with thought. Oscar Wilde
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But what of life whose bitter hungry sea Flows at our heels, and gloom of sunless night Covers the days which never more return? Ambition, love and all the thoughts that burn We lose too soon, and only find delight In withered husks of some dead memory. 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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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 fiction in which real characters do not seem out of place is history. In novels they are detestable. Oscar Wilde
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
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The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde
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You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit. Oscar Wilde
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It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly. Oscar Wilde
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