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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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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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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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Life is too short to be in a hurry. Oscar Wilde
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That very concentration of vision and intensity of purpose which is the characteristic of the artistic temperament is in itself a mode of limitation. To those who are preoccupied with the beauty of form nothing else seems of much importance. Oscar Wilde
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It is a very dangerous thing to know one's friends. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing worth learning can ever be taught Oscar Wilde
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A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public to him are non-existent. Oscar Wilde
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Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement. Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. When one is in love one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. This is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde
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The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy. Oscar Wilde
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George Moore leads his readers to the latrine and locks them in. Oscar Wilde
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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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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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The study of law is sublime, and its practice vulgar. Oscar Wilde
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When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs. Oscar Wilde
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Wisdom comes with winters Oscar Wilde
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Caricature is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius. Oscar Wilde
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You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. Oscar Wilde
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Time is a waste of money. Oscar Wilde
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But whether I become a believer or remain an agnostic, my belief or disbelief must derive its source from within, not from without. I, myself, must create its symbols. The transcendental is that which produces its own form. I will never discover its secret if I do not find it in my own heart; if I do not possess it already I shall never be able to acquire it. Oscar Wilde
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you will always love, and you will always be loved Oscar Wilde
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Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play... I tell you, that it is on things like these that our lives depend. Oscar Wilde
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Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing. Oscar Wilde
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Her trust makes me faithful, her belief makes me good. Oscar Wilde
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Down the long and silent street, The dawn, with silver-sandaled feet, Crept like a frightened girl. Oscar Wilde
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What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb. American novels, answered Lord Henry. Oscar Wilde
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Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde
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Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. Oscar Wilde
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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Oscar Wilde
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Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography. Oscar Wilde
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It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously Oscar Wilde
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The growing influence of women is the one reassuring thing in our political life. Oscar Wilde
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Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! what shall men say of thee, Before whose feet the worlds divide? Oscar Wilde
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I don't like compliments, and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean. Oscar Wilde
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To be popular one must be a mediocrity. Oscar Wilde
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With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Oscar Wilde
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He hadn't a single redeeming vice. 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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