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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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Foxhunting... the unspeakable pursuing the inedible. Oscar Wilde
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We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it. The public like to insult poets because they are individual, but once they have insulted them, they leave them alone. Oscar Wilde
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You are young. No hungry generations tread you down. The past does not mock you with the ruins of a beauty the secret of whose creation you have lost Oscar Wilde
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What do you call a bad man? The sort of man who admires innocence. Oscar Wilde
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I made your sorrow mine also, that you might have help in bearing it. Oscar Wilde
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Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. Only what is fine, and finely conceived can feed love. But anything will feed hate. Oscar Wilde
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It is only the sacred things that are worth touching Oscar Wilde
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No woman should have a memory. Memory in a woman is the beginning of dowdiness. One can always tell from a woman's bonnet whether she has got a memory or not. Oscar Wilde
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Only love can keep anyone alive... 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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A beautiful woman risking everything for a mad passion. A few wild weeks of happiness cut short by a hideous, treacherous crime. Months of voiceless agony, and then a child born in pain. The mother snatched away by death, the boy left to solitude and the tyranny of an old and loveless man. Yes, it was an interesting background. It posed the lad, made him more perfect as it were. Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde
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I love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing I know anything about. Oscar Wilde
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If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. Oscar Wilde
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After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world. Oscar Wilde
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To look wise is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier. Oscar Wilde
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Ordinary people waited till life disclosed to them its secrets, but to the few, to the elect, the mysteries of life were revealed before the veil was drawn away. Sometimes this was the effect of art, and chiefly of the art of literature, which dealt immediately with the passions and the intellect. Oscar Wilde
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I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde
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Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable Oscar Wilde
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Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. 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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Give me the luxuries and I can dispense with the necessities. Oscar Wilde
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Genius is born-not paid Oscar Wilde
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A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight. Oscar Wilde
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No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. Oscar Wilde
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There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them... Oscar Wilde
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How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver. Oscar Wilde
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Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde
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We quaff the cup of life with eager haste without draining it, instead of which it only overflows the brim - objects press around us, filling the mind with the throng of desires that wait upon them, so that we have no room for the thoughts of death. Oscar Wilde
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It is only through Art and through Art only that we can realize our perfection; Through Art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence. Oscar Wilde
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I wrote when I did not know life; now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no more to write. Life cannot be written; life can only be lived. Oscar Wilde
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The more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art really reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious crudities, her extraordinary monotony, her absolutely unfinished condition. Oscar Wilde
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Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical. 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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Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilization. Oscar Wilde
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It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done. Oscar Wilde
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The best one can say of modern creative art is that it is just a little less vulgar than reality. Oscar Wilde
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Life is a great disappointment. Oscar Wilde
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There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor. Oscar Wilde
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There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes 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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The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art. Oscar Wilde
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Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is no less perfect than the last. Oscar Wilde
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Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly Oscar Wilde
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People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. Oscar Wilde
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Freedom, individualism and being yourself so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property: The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself. Oscar Wilde
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The history of women is the history of 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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It is a very dangerous thing to know one's friends. Oscar Wilde
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