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Oscar Wilde
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The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. Oscar Wilde
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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. Oscar Wilde
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It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. Oscar Wilde
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The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. Oscar Wilde
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One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. Oscar Wilde
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The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde
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I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde
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Only the shallow know themselves. Oscar Wilde
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Everything popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde
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If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk. Oscar Wilde
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Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. Oscar Wilde
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A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. Oscar Wilde
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Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives. Oscar Wilde
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There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. Oscar Wilde
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I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde
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The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you. Oscar Wilde
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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
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As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. Oscar Wilde
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A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde
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While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance. Oscar Wilde
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I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy. Oscar Wilde
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Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty. Oscar Wilde
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Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him. Oscar Wilde
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When one has never heard a man's name in the course of one's life, it speaks volumes for him; he must be quite respectable. Oscar Wilde
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The best way to enjoy your job is to imagine yourself without one. Oscar Wilde
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Art never expresses anything but itself. Oscar Wilde
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To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered. Oscar Wilde
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He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigraph on his tombstone. Oscar Wilde
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No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true. Oscar Wilde
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It is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. Oscar Wilde
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He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing. Oscar Wilde
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The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. Oscar Wilde
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Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London. Oscar Wilde
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A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it. Oscar Wilde
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As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. Oscar Wilde
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Let me be dressed as I will, yet flies worms and flowers exceed me still. Oscar Wilde
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Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that, when I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it. Oscar Wilde
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It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always absolutely valueless. Oscar Wilde
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He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about. Oscar Wilde
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Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. Oscar Wilde
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The one advantage of playing with fire...is that no one ever gets singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up. Oscar Wilde
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The General was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly. Oscar Wilde
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To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled - because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance. Oscar Wilde
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It is art, and art only, that reveals us to ourselves. Oscar Wilde
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No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Oscar Wilde
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Credit is a young man's capital. Oscar Wilde
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness. Oscar Wilde
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As it was, we always misunderstood ourselves and rarely understood others. Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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It is not good for one's morals to see bad acting Oscar Wilde
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All art is immortal. For emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art, and emotion for the sake of action is the aim of life. Oscar Wilde
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Well, one must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life. Oscar Wilde
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Personality must be accepted for what it is. You mustn't mind that a poet is a drunk, rather that drunks are not always poets. Oscar Wilde
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Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to mediaevalism. Oscar Wilde
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How sad it is!" murmured Dorian Gray with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait. "How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June... . If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that! Oscar Wilde
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I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day-mock me horribly! Oscar Wilde
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You have never been poor, and never known what ambition is. Oscar Wilde
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I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not. Oscar Wilde
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I have a simple taste, only the best. Oscar Wilde
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Psycholog-y is in its infancy, as a science. I hope in the interests of Art, it will always remain so. Oscar Wilde
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The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Chicago is a sort of monster-shop, full of bustles and bores. Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Baltimore is amusing for a week, but Philadelphia is dreadfully provincial; and though one can dine in New York one could not dwell there. Oscar Wilde
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Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Moralists had, as a rule, regarded it as a mode of warning, had claimed for it a certain ethical efficacy in the formation of character, had praised it as something that taught us what to follow and showed us what to avoid. But there was no motive power in experience. It was as little of an active cause as conscience itself. All that it really demonstrated was that our future would be the same as our past, and that the sin we had done once, and with loathing, we would do many times, and with joy. Oscar Wilde
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To begin with, I dined there on Monday, and once a week is quite enough to dine with one's own relations. Oscar Wilde
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In fact, now you mention the subject, I have been very bad in my own small way. I don't think you should be so proud of that, though I am sure it must have been very pleasant. Oscar Wilde
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I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result. Oscar Wilde
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LADY BRACKNELL Algernon is an extremely, I may almost say an ostentatiously, eligible young man. He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire? Oscar Wilde
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To be popular one must be a mediocrity." "Not with Women," said the duchess, shaking her head; "and women rule the world. I assure you we can't bear mediocrities. We women, as someone says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes, if you ever love at all." "It seems to me that we never do anything else," murmered Dorian. Oscar Wilde
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Life is too short to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde
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The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk. Oscar Wilde
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