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Oscar Wilde
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I don't want to earn a living. I want to live. 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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The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. Oscar Wilde
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It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde
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The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man. And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not? Oscar Wilde
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The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable. Oscar Wilde
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There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannises over the body. There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People. Oscar Wilde
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It is sweet to dance to violins When Love and Life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air! 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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Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. Oscar Wilde
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Bigamy is having one husband or wife too many. Monogamy is the same. Oscar Wilde
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One should always play fair when one has the winning cards. Oscar Wilde
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The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. Oscar Wilde
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When one is in love one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. Oscar Wilde
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This is one of the compliments that mediocrity pays to those who are not mediocre. Oscar Wilde
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It is indeed a burning shame that there should be one law for men and another law for women.... I think that there should be no law for anybody. Oscar Wilde
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One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell [in Charles Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop] without laughing. Oscar Wilde
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It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde
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None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves. Oscar Wilde
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When one is in love one begins by deceiving one's self. And one ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde
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Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. Oscar Wilde
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Self-denial is simply a method by which man arrests his progress, and self-sacrifice a survival of the mutilation of the savage. 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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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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Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne. Oscar Wilde
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Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others. Oscar Wilde
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There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God. Oscar Wilde
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Good heavens, I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden." "But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins!" "I said it was perfectly heartless of YOU under the circumstances. That is a very different thing." "That may be, but the muffins are the same! Oscar Wilde
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The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. Oscar Wilde
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Death is a great price to pay for a red rose", cried the Nightingale, "and Life is very dear to all. " It is pleasant to sit in the green wood, and watch the Sun in his chariot of gold, and the Moon in her chariot of pearl. Sweet is the scent oft he hawthorn, and sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley, and the heather that blows on the hill. Yet Love is better than Life, and what is the heart of a bird compared to the heart of a man? Oscar Wilde
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People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards. Oscar Wilde
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I never take any notice to what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. Oscar Wilde
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The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. We reject the burden of their memory, and have anodynes against them. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. In some tiny ivory cell the brain stores the most delicate, and the most fleeting impressions. Oscar Wilde
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You silly Arthur! If you knew anything about...anything, which you don't, you would know that I adore you. Everyone in London knows it except you. It is a public scandal the way I adore you. I have been going about for the last six months telling the whole of society that I adore you. I wonder you consent to have anything to say to me. I have no character left at all. At least, I feel so happy that I am quite sure I have no character left at all. Oscar Wilde
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I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves. Oscar Wilde
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I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything. Oscar Wilde
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How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. Oscar Wilde
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Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde
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Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer. Oscar Wilde
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An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant as the case may be. Oscar Wilde
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I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex. Oscar Wilde
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A simile committing suicide is always a depressing spectacle. Oscar Wilde
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Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . . Oscar Wilde
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To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice. Oscar Wilde
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Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority. Oscar Wilde
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The very essence of romance is uncertainty. Oscar Wilde
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It is perfectly monstrous,' he said, at last, 'the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true. Oscar Wilde
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The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality. Oscar Wilde
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That is the mission of art - to make us pause and look at a thing a second time. Oscar Wilde
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I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde
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Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing is so aggravating than calmness. Oscar Wilde
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Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. Oscar Wilde
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Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde
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Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. Oscar Wilde
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Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. Oscar Wilde
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There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love. Oscar Wilde
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Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes. Oscar Wilde
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