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Oscar Wilde
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Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing that actually occurs is of the smallest importance Oscar Wilde
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The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. Oscar Wilde
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It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves. 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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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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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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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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A process which makes one rogue cleverer than another. 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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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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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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The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated. Oscar Wilde
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A man who moralizes is a hypocrite, and a woman who does so is invariably plain. Oscar Wilde
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My writing has gone to bits - like my character. I am simply a self-conscious nerve in pain. Oscar Wilde
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Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment's solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest. Oscar Wilde
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Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking Champagne Oscar Wilde
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But what is the good of friendship if one cannot say exactly what one means? Anybody can say charming things and try to please and to flatter, but a true friend always says unpleasant things, and does not mind giving pain. Indeed, if he is a really true friend he prefers it, for he knows that then he is doing good. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be. Oscar Wilde
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Always be a little unexpected. Oscar Wilde
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Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. Oscar Wilde
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One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends. Oscar Wilde
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Two men look out a window. One sees mud, the other sees the stars. Oscar Wilde
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Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant. Oscar Wilde
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The Number our envious Persons, confirmation our capability. Oscar Wilde
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Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. Oscar Wilde
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For a year after that was done to me I wept every day at the same hour and for the same space of time. That is not such a tragic thing as possibly it sounds to you. To those who are in prison tears are a part of every day's experience. A day in prison on which one does not weep is a day on which one's heart is hard, not a day on which one's heart is happy. Oscar Wilde
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I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. Oscar Wilde
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Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself. Oscar Wilde
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I am Irish by race but the English have condemned me to talk the language of Shakespeare. Oscar Wilde
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If you cannot prove a man wrong, don't panic. You can always call him names. Oscar Wilde
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Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world. Oscar Wilde
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If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for. Oscar Wilde
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To be popular I must be mediocre. Oscar Wilde
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If it is not nailed to the floor, it's mine. If I can pry it loose, it is not nailed down. Oscar Wilde
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People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
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Don't imagine that your perfection lies in accumulating or possessing external things. Your affection is inside of you. Oscar Wilde
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She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses, cried the young Student; but in all my garden there is no red rose. Oscar Wilde
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Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography. Oscar Wilde
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My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's. Oscar Wilde
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Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. The only thing that can console one for being rich is economy. Oscar Wilde
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