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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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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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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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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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There is nothing that art cannot express. 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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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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Alas, I am dying beyond my means. Oscar Wilde
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There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies. Oscar Wilde
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I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde
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It is always the unreadable that occurs. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. Oscar Wilde
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The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. Oscar Wilde
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One must have some sort of occupation nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think about. Oscar Wilde
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I would not a bit mind sleeping in the cool grass in summer, and when winter came on sheltering myself by the warm close-thatched rick, or under the penthouse of a great barn, provided I had love in my heart. Oscar Wilde
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Progress in thought is the assertion of individualism against authority. Oscar Wilde
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The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. ... One might point out how the Renaissance was great, because it sought to solve no social problem, and busied itself not about such things, but suffered the individual to develop freely, beautifully, and naturally, and so had great and individual artists, and great, individual men. One might point out how Louis XIV, by creating the modern state, destroyed the individualism of the artist ... Oscar Wilde
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There is something very morbid about modern sympathy with pain. 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. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result. Oscar Wilde
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Intellectual generalities are always interesting, but generalities in morals mean absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde
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The worst vice of the fanatic is his sincerity. Oscar Wilde
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Learned conversation is either the affectation of the ignorant or the profession of the mentally unemployed. Oscar Wilde
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Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing. Oscar Wilde
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To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders...It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. Oscar Wilde
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I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy. Oscar Wilde
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The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others. Oscar Wilde
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Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity. Oscar Wilde
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The British cook, for her iniquities, is a foolish woman who should be turned into a pillar of salt which she never knows how to use. Oscar Wilde
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As I lounged in the Park, or strolled down Piccadilly, I used to look at everyone who passed me, and wonder, with mad curiosity, what sort of lives they led. some of them fascinated me. Others filled me with terror. Oscar Wilde
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To be good is to be in harmony with one's self. Oscar Wilde
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And once, or twice, to throw the dice is a gentlemanly game, But he does not win who plays with Sin in the secret house of shame Oscar Wilde
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