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St. Paul's Loomed like a bubble o'er the town. Oscar Wilde
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The real weakness of England lies, not in incomplete armaments or unfortified coasts, not in the poverty that creeps through sunless lanes, or the drunkenness that brawls in loathsome courts, but simply in the fact that her ideals are emotional and not intellectual. Oscar Wilde
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We become lovers when we see Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet makes us students. The blood of Duncan is upon our hands, with Timon werage against the world, and when Lear wanders out upon the heath the terror of madness touches us. Ours is the white sinlessness of Desdemona, and ours, also, the sin of Iago. Oscar Wilde
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The gods have been good to you. But what the gods give they quickly take away. You have only a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully. When your youth goes, your beauty will go with it, and then you will suddenly discover that there are no triumphs left for you, or have to content yourself with those mean triumphs that the memory of your past will make more bitter than defeats. Every month as it wanes bring you nearer to something dreadful. Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses. Oscar Wilde
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You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that. Oscar Wilde
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Every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character. Oscar Wilde
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A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset? Oscar Wilde
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Yes; poor Bunbury is a dreadful invalid. Well, I must say, Algernon, that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die. This shillyshallying with the question is absurd. Oscar Wilde
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I have a business appointment that I am anxious... to miss. Oscar Wilde
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JACK Your duty as a gentleman calls you back. ALGERNON My duty as a gentleman has never interfered with my pleasures in the smallest degree. Oscar Wilde
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I find I have, and a heart doesn't suit me, Windermere. Somehow it doesn't go with modern dress. It makes one look old. Oscar Wilde
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I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else. Oscar Wilde
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I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it. You worshipped yourself too much. We are both punished. Oscar Wilde
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Every one of course represents the spirit of his age, but there is an eternal aspect of the Spirit of every age which may be caught. To recreate the past from the mutilated fragments of the present is the task of the Historian. Oscar Wilde
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Music is the perfect type of art. Oscar Wilde
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To be good is to be in harmony with oneself. Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others. Oscar Wilde
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Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost. Oscar Wilde
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The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence. Oscar Wilde
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Shakespeare might have met Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the white streets of London, or seen the serving-men of rival houses bite their thumbs at each other in the open square; but Hamlet came out of his soul, and Romeo out of his passion. Oscar Wilde
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A gentleman never offends unintentionally Oscar Wilde
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Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Oscar Wilde
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There is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. Oscar Wilde
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It's beauty that captures your attention. personality which captures your heart. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, he occasionally takes an alcoholiday. Oscar Wilde
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It is only the sacred things that are worth touching Oscar Wilde
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They have been eating muffins. That looks like repentance Oscar Wilde
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Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better. Oscar Wilde
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The final mystery is oneself. Oscar Wilde
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I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky. Oscar Wilde
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The simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me. Oscar Wilde
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You can fake intelligence, but you can't fake wit. Oscar Wilde
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Intuition is a strange instinct that tells a woman she is right, whether she is or not. Oscar Wilde
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It is chiefly, I regret to say, through journalism that such people find expression. I regret it because there is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
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Everybody in American seems in a rush to catch a train. Oscar Wilde
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It is always worth while asking a question, though it is not always worth while answering one. Oscar Wilde
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Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile. Oscar Wilde
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If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it. Oscar Wilde
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Once can survive everything nowadays, except death. Oscar Wilde
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Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding. Oscar Wilde
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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. Oscar Wilde
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In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst; the last is a real tragedy! Oscar Wilde
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Oh! no one. No one in particular. A woman of no importance. Oscar Wilde
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To love one's self is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde
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Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
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Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them, women will forgive them anything, even their gigantic intellects. Oscar Wilde
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The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence. 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 never change, except in my affections. Oscar Wilde
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The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations. Oscar Wilde
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Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde
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Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is [hu]man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. 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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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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