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Oscar Wilde
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For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. Oscar Wilde
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Don't use big words. They mean so little. Oscar Wilde
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One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then all life comes crowding into one single hour. Oscar Wilde
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There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession. Oscar Wilde
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because to influence a person is to give one's own soul. Oscar Wilde
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If people are dishonest once, they will be dishonest a second time. And honest people should keep away from them. (Lady Chiltern) Oscar Wilde
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Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal. Oscar Wilde
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I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous. Oscar Wilde
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Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. Oscar Wilde
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The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live- undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly. Oscar Wilde
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Because sometimes you have to do something bad to do something good. Oscar Wilde
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Wisdom is to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them. Oscar Wilde
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What you really are is a Bunburyist. I was quite right in saying you were a Bunburyist. You are one of the most advanced Bunburyists I know. Oscar Wilde
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LORD ILLINGWORTH What do you think she'd do if I kissed her? MRS ALLONBY Either marry you, or strike you across the face with her glove. What would you do if she struck you across the face with her glove? LORD ILLINGWORTH Fall in love with her, probably. Oscar Wilde
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LADY STUTFIELD I adore silent men. MRS ALLONBY Oh, Ernest isn't silent. He talks the whole time. But he has got no conversation. What he talks about I don't know. I haven't listened to him for years. Oscar Wilde
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I don't want to earn a living. I want to live. Oscar Wilde
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There is only good art and mediocre art. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, how I vainly wished to the bearded man in the sky that I was Neapolitan. Why? So I could bring in a fine Neapolitan pest control to help with Queensberry's problem before it gets out of hand. Oscar Wilde
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Authority is quite degrading. Oscar Wilde
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I was very much disappointed in the Atlantic Ocean. Oscar Wilde
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The beautiful, passionate, ruined South, the land of magnolias and music, of roses and romance . . . living on the memory of crushing defeats Oscar Wilde
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memory, like a horrible malady, was eating his soul away Oscar Wilde
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Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid. Oscar Wilde
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My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all. Oscar Wilde
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An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship. Oscar Wilde
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To know anything about oneself one must know all about others. Oscar Wilde
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Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. Oscar Wilde
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Punctuality is the thief of time. Wilde I never travel without my diary. One should always have Something sensational to read in the train. Oscar Wilde
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An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young. Oscar Wilde
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I have my beauty, - you your Art - Nay, do not start: One world was not enough for two Like me and you. Oscar Wilde
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Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! What shall men say of thee. Before whose feet the worlds divide? Oscar Wilde
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Ah! somehow life is bigger after all Than any painted angel could we see The God that is within us! Oscar Wilde
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Well, I ca' 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, ca' 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 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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Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable. Oscar Wilde
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Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer. Oscar Wilde
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If people were meant to be nude, they would have been born this way. Oscar Wilde
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And the marvellous rose became crimson, like the rose of the eastern sky. Crimson was the girdle of petals, and crimson as a ruby was the heart Oscar Wilde
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All great ideas are dangerous. Oscar Wilde
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What the artist is always looking for is the mode of existence in which soul and body are one and indivisible: in which the outward is expressive of the inward: in which form reveals. Oscar Wilde
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All the spring may be hidden in the single bud, and the low ground nest of the lark may hold the joy that is to herald the feet of many rose-red dawns. Oscar Wilde
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An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. Oscar Wilde
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You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? 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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Every woman is a rebel. Oscar Wilde
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It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. Oscar Wilde
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Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Oscar Wilde
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Fool, nothing is impossible in Russia but reform. Oscar Wilde
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Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed. Oscar Wilde
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It's the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. Oscar Wilde
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If this is the way Queen Victoria treats her prisoners, she doesn't deserve to have any. Oscar Wilde
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Poets are not so scrupulous as you are. They know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions." "I hate them for it," cried Hallward. "An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. Some day I will show the world what is it; and for that the world shall never see my portrait of Dorian Gray. 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. Oscar Wilde
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A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally. Oscar Wilde
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The one charm about the past is that it is the past. But women never know when the curtain has fallen. 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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Each class preaches the importance of those virtues it need not exercise. The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor. Oscar Wilde
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