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Oscar Wilde
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I don't mind plain women being puritans. It is the only excuse they have for being plain. Oscar Wilde
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I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures. Oscar Wilde
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Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force. Oscar Wilde
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I don't like Switzerland; it has produced nothing but theologians and waiters. Oscar Wilde
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As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back. Oscar Wilde
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Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence. Oscar Wilde
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The gods bestowed on Max [Beerbohm] the gift of perpetual old age. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! happy day they whose hearts can break And peace of pardon win! How else may man make straight his plan And cleanse his soul from Sin? How else but through a broken heart May Lord Christ enter in? Oscar Wilde
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Look at the moon. How strange the moon seems! She is like a woman rising from a tomb. She is like a dead woman. One might fancy she was looking for dead things. Oscar Wilde
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Ah, on what little things does happiness depend. Oscar Wilde
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More women grow old nowadays through the faithfulness of their admirers than through anything else. Oscar Wilde
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Like strange mechanical grotesques, Making fantastic arabesques, The shadows raced across the blind. Oscar Wilde
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Though one can dine in New York, one could not dwell there. Oscar Wilde
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All modes of government are failures. Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things. Oligarchies are unjust to the many, and ochlocracies are unjust to the few. High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. It has been found out. I must say that it was high time, for all authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised. Oscar Wilde
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The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid Oscar Wilde
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You have always told me it was Ernest. I have introduced you to every one as Ernest. You answer to the name of Ernest. You look as if your name was Ernest. You are the most earnest-looking person I ever saw in my life. It is perfectly absurd your saying that your name isn't Ernest. Oscar Wilde
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She has form," he said to himself, as he walked away through the grove - "that cannot be denied to her; but has she got feeling? I am afraid not. In fact, she is like most artists; she is all style, without any sincerity. She would not sacrifice herself for others. She thinks merely of music, and everybody knows that arts are selfish. Still, it must be admitted that she has some beautiful notes in her voice. What a pity it is that they do not mean anything, or do any practical good. Oscar Wilde
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Aestheticism is a search after the signs of the beautiful. It is the science of the beautiful through which men seek the correlation of the arts. It is, to speak more exactly, the search after the secret of life. Oscar Wilde
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Algy, you always adopt a strictly immoral attitude towards life. You are not quite old enough to do that. Oscar Wilde
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The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, and its lack of imagination and of high unattainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopted for its national hero a man who, according to his own confession, was incapable of telling a lie, and it is not too much to say that the story of George Washington and the cherry-tree has done more harm, and in a shorter space of time, than any other moral tale in the whole of literature. Oscar Wilde
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One should never listen. To listen is a sign of indifference to one's hearers. Oscar Wilde
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Lord Darlington (LD): I think life too complex a thing to be settled by these hard and fast rules. Lady Windemere (LW): If we had 'hard-and-fast rules' we would find life much simpler. LD: You allow of no exceptions? LW: None! LD: Ah, what a fascinating Puritan you are, LW. LW: The adjective was unnecessary, LD. Oscar Wilde
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Who am I to tamper with a masterpiece? Oscar Wilde
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Life! Life! Don't let us go to life for our fulfillment or our experience. It is a thing narrowed by circumstances, incoherent in its utterance, and without that fine correspondence of form and spirit which is the only thing that can satisfy the artistic Oscar Wilde
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Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying. Oscar Wilde
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It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes. Oscar Wilde
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I was dominated, soul, brain, and power by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream. Oscar Wilde
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Poor? What does that matter? When poverty creeps in at the door, love flies in through the window. Oscar Wilde
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What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn't know the market place of any single thing. Oscar Wilde
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I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. Oscar Wilde
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For, try as we may, we cannot get behind the appearence of things to reality. And the terrible reason may be that there is no reality in the things apart from their appearences. Oscar Wilde
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I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself do' interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty. Oscar Wilde
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Don't feed the trolls; nothing fuels them so much. Oscar Wilde
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America is not a country, it is a world. Oscar Wilde
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The things one feels absolutely certain about are never true. That is the fatality of faith, and the lesson of romance. Oscar Wilde
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I don't want to earn my living, I want to live. Oscar Wilde
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Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art Oscar Wilde
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I like looking at geniuses and listening to beautiful people. Oscar Wilde
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Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little often share. Oscar Wilde
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He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives. Oscar Wilde
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I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. 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 in Grosvenor Square. Oscar Wilde
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Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. Oscar Wilde
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Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac. Oscar Wilde
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The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored. Oscar Wilde
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Work is the curse of the drinking class. Oscar Wilde
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And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of spring, And the rosebud breaks into pink on the climbing briar, And the crocus bed is a quivering moon of fire Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. Oscar Wilde
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If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty. Oscar Wilde
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As for borrowing Mr. Whistler's ideas about art, the only thoroughly original ideas I have ever heard him express have had reference to his own superiority as a painter over painters greater than himself. Oscar Wilde
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My great mistake, the fault for which I ca' forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. Oscar Wilde
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I do' write this letter to put bitterness into your heart, but to pluck it out of mine. For my own sake I must forgive you. 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. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde
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It was the passions about whose origin we deceived ourselves that tyrannized most strongly over us. Oscar Wilde
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Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other. Oscar Wilde
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Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. 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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Cecily. This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade. Gwendolen. [Satirically.] I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different. Oscar Wilde
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I know. In fact, I am never wrong. Oscar Wilde
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The fact is, the public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities. They use them as bludgeons for preventing the free expression of Beauty in new forms. 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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