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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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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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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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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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The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk. Oscar Wilde
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What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it. Oscar Wilde
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Health - silliest word in our language, and one knows well the popular idea of health the English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde
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The ugly and the 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. Oscar Wilde
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Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. Oscar Wilde
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Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find an expression for joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy. Oscar Wilde
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With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stock broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Oscar Wilde
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People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures. Oscar Wilde
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One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age. Oscar Wilde
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I love London society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be. Oscar Wilde
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The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts. Oscar Wilde
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The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself. 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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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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Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde
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The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional. Oscar Wilde
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The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. 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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