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Greek dress was in its essence inartistic. Nothing should reveal the body but the body. Oscar Wilde
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An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. Oscar Wilde
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And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point of view, it is usually a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde
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If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture...In a house, we all feel of the proper proportions. Everything is subordinated to us, fashioned for our use and our pleasure. Oscar Wilde
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Gerald: I suppose society is wonderfully delightful? Lord Illingworth: To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy. Oscar Wilde
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I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. Oscar Wilde
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Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is. Oscar Wilde
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Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde
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When a voice behind me whispered low, That fellow's got to swing. Oscar Wilde
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I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long. Oscar Wilde
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The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man That wastes and withers there; Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate And the Warder is Despair. Oscar Wilde
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The recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain, not growth its aim. So that man thought that the important thing is to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be. Oscar Wilde
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All art is immoral.... For emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art, and emotion for the sake of action is the aim of life, and of that practical organization of life that we call society. Oscar Wilde
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Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde
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We are dominated by Journalism. In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever. Oscar Wilde
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And I? May I say nothing, my Lord? Oscar Wilde
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To recognize that the soul of a man is unknowable is the ultimate achievement of Wisdom. The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in a balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde
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Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous. Oscar Wilde
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If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself...you rise from table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctifed your days. But oh! to sit next a man who spent his life in trying to educate others! What a dreadful experience that is! How appalling is that ignorance which is the inevitable result of the fatal habit of imparting opinions! Oscar Wilde
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The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming. Oscar Wilde
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To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde
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If a woman wants to hold a man, she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him. We make gods of men, and they leave us. Others make brutes of them and they fawn and are faithful. Oscar Wilde
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Every prison that men build Is built with bricks of shame, And bound with bars lest Christ should see How men their brothers maim. Oscar Wilde
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Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact. Oscar Wilde
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Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Oscar Wilde
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Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They"re the only things we can pay. Oscar Wilde
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A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain. Oscar Wilde
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I should be like a lion in a cave of savage Daniels. Oscar Wilde
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Ah, every day dear Herbert becomes de plus en plus Oscarie. It is wonderful case of nature imitating art. Oscar Wilde
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The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion is the method by which the fantastic becomes for a moment universal. Oscar Wilde
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One can only give an unbiased opinion about things that do not interest one, which is no doubt the reason an unbiased opinion is always valueless. The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde
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Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. Oscar Wilde
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What between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up. Oscar Wilde
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The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence. Oscar Wilde
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I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for. Oscar Wilde
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She tried to found a salon, and only succeeded in opening a restaurant. Oscar Wilde
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One can survive anything these days, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde
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And yet, and yet, These Christs that die upon the barricades, God knows it I am with them, in some ways. Oscar Wilde
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Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned.... To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on. 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 study of law is sublime, and its practice vulgar. Oscar Wilde
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I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. Oscar Wilde
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Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. Oscar Wilde
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What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde
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Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Oscar Wilde
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It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. Oscar Wilde
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There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde
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Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. 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 like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world. Oscar Wilde
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What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying. Oscar Wilde
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One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. Oscar Wilde
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There is no sin except stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. Oscar Wilde
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Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. Oscar Wilde
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There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about. Oscar Wilde
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One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged. Oscar Wilde
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If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world. Oscar Wilde
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Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. Oscar Wilde
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In married life three is company and two none. Oscar Wilde
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Romance lives by repetition, and repetition converts an appetite into an art. Besides, each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible. Oscar Wilde
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No man should have a secret from his wife. She invariably finds it out. Oscar Wilde
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If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself - a rare type in our time ... you rise from table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified your days. But Oh! my dear Ernest, to sit next to a man who has spent his life in trying to educate others! What a dreadful experience that is! Oscar Wilde
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Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned. Oscar Wilde
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The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. Oscar Wilde
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The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends. Oscar Wilde
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The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Oscar Wilde
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No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists. Oscar Wilde
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