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Oscar Wilde
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When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring. Oscar Wilde
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Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss The brave man with a sword Oscar Wilde
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At every single moment of one's life one is what one is going to be no less than what one has been. Oscar Wilde
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As one reads history ... one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted. Oscar Wilde
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To look at a thing is very different from seeing it. Oscar Wilde
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It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing Oscar Wilde
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All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death. Oscar Wilde
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Don't give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can't wear in the evening. Oscar Wilde
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Men become old, but they never become good. Oscar Wilde
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I prefer women with a past. They're always so damned amusing to talk to. Oscar Wilde
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Reforms in Russia are very tragic, but they always end in a farce. Oscar Wilde
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All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. Oscar Wilde
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The public has always, and in every age, been badly brought up. They are continually asking Art to be popular, to please their want of taste, to flatter their absurd vanity, to tell them what they have been told before, to show them what they ought to be tired of seeing, to amuse them when they feel heavy after eating too much, and to distract their thoughts when they are wearied of their own stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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Education is very admirable but let us not forget that anything worth knowing cannot be taught. 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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A process which makes one rogue cleverer than another. Oscar Wilde
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As for modern journalism, it is not my business to defend it. It justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarest. Oscar Wilde
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The 19thc hatred of Realism is Caliban's enraged reaction to seeing his own face in the mirror. The 19thc rejection of Romanticism is Caliban's fury at not seeing his face reflected in the mirror. Oscar Wilde
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So much had been surrendered! And to such little purpose! There had been mad wilful rejections, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape. Oscar Wilde
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Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method of music - his own. To the great painter, there is only one manner of painting - that which he himself employs. The aesthetic critic, and the aesthetic critic alone, can appreciate all forms and all modes. It is to him that Art makes her appeal. Oscar Wilde
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London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy. Oscar Wilde
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Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness. 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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On the whole, the great success of marriage in the States is due partly to the fact that no American man is ever idle, and partly to the fact that no American wife is considered responsible for the quality of her husband's dinners. Oscar Wilde
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For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners. Oscar Wilde
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The morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. Oscar Wilde
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What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons ... Oscar Wilde
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When I went to America I had two secretaries, one for autographs, one for locks of hair. Within six months the one had died of writer's cramp, the other was completely bald. Oscar Wilde
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A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. Oscar Wilde
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It is sometimes said that the tragedy of an artist's life is that he cannot realise his ideal. But the true tragedy that dogs the steps of most artists is that they realise their ideal too absolutely. For, when the ideal is realised, it is robbed of its wonder and its mystery, and becomes simply a new starting-point for an ideal that is other than itself. Oscar Wilde
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A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. It is grossly selfish to require of one's neighbour that he should think in the same way, and hold the same opinions. Why should he? If he can think, he will probably think differently. If he cannot think, it is monstrous to require thought of any kind from him. Oscar Wilde
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It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style. Oscar Wilde
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It is exactly because a man cannot do a thing that he is a proper judge of it Oscar Wilde
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Marriage is hardly a thing one can do now and then, except in America. Oscar Wilde
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My philosophy? I'm always right and you are wrong. Oscar Wilde
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The last person who ever crossed me is dead under my bed!!! Oscar Wilde
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It is a very poor consolation to be told that the man who has given one a bad dinner, or poor wine, is irreproachable in private life. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrees. Oscar Wilde
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I have been right, Basil, haven't I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare's plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth. Oscar Wilde
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If one were to live his life fully and completely were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream. Oscar Wilde
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But we never get back our youth... The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to. Oscar Wilde
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It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde
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But then one regrets the loss even of one's worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one's personality. Oscar Wilde
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Can they feel, I wonder, those white silent people we call the dead? Oscar Wilde
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Oh! I don't think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn't know what to talk to him about. Oscar Wilde
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I am sorry my life is so marred and maimed by extravagance. But I cannot live otherwise. I, at any rate, pay the penalty of suffering. Oscar Wilde
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He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him. Oscar Wilde
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Well, I can't help going to see Sibyl play, even if it is only for an act. I get hungry for her presence; and when I think of the wonderful soul that is hidden away in that little ivory body, I am filled with awe." "You can dine with me to-night, Dorian, can't you?" He shook his head. "To night she is Imogen," he answered, "and tomorrow night she will be Juliet." "When is she Sibyl Vane?" "Never." "I congratulate you. Oscar Wilde
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The weather is entrancing, but in my heart there is no sun. Oscar Wilde
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