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Oscar Wilde
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The yellow fog came creeping down The bridges, till the houses' walls Seemed changed to shadows, and St. Paul's Loomed like a bubble o'er the town. Oscar Wilde
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I find I have, and a heart does' suit me, Windermere. Somehow it does' go with modern dress. It makes one look old. 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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The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it. Oscar Wilde
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The only one you need in your life is that person who shows you he needs you in his. Oscar Wilde
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LORD ILLINGWORTH: The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. MRS ALLONBY: And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy. Oscar Wilde
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The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty, never. Oscar Wilde
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Misery and poverty are so absolutely degrading, and exercise such a paralysing effect over the nature of men, that no class is ever really conscious of its own suffering. They have to be told of it by other people, and they often entirely disbelieve them. 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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Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern. Oscar Wilde
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My dear Arthur, I never talk scandal. I only talk gossip. What is the difference between scandal and gossip? Oh! Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde
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Art creates an incomparable and unique effect, and, having done so, passes on to other things. Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating this effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it. Oscar Wilde
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Always keep love in your heart. Oscar Wilde
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The aim of the liar is simply to charm, to delight, to give pleasure. He is the very basis of civilized society. Oscar Wilde
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If I hadn't believed it, then I wouldn't have seen it Oscar Wilde
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The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man That wastes and withers there. Oscar Wilde
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No art ever survived censorship; no art ever will. Oscar Wilde
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An alliterative prefix served as an ornament of oratory. Oscar Wilde
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Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins. Oscar Wilde
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My dear young lady, there was a great deal of truth; I dare say, in what you said, and you looked very pretty while you said it, which is much more important. Oscar Wilde
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The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young. 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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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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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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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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The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy. Oscar Wilde
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He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself. Oscar Wilde
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Every effect that one produces gives one an enemy. To be popular one must be a mediocrity. Oscar Wilde
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To get back one's youth one has merely to repeat one's follies. Oscar Wilde
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