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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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And, by the way, one of the most delightful things I find in America is meeting a people without prejudice - everywhere open to the truth. Oscar Wilde
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It is absurd to say that the age of miracles is past. It has not yet begun. Oscar Wilde
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To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honour Oscar Wilde
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When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. My prayer was to be immortalized by unintelligent gibbons on a satirical Web site. Oscar Wilde
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Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling. 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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I think life too complex a thing to be settled by these hard and fast rules. 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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When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself. Oscar Wilde
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The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life. Oscar Wilde
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We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow. Oscar Wilde
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I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it. Oscar Wilde
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Conscience makes egotists of us all. 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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I never read a book I must review; it prejudices you so. Oscar Wilde
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In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. Oscar Wilde
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Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde
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Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground. Oscar Wilde
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Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. Oscar Wilde
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I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing. 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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I expect I shall have to die beyond my means. Oscar Wilde
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Dammit Sir, it's your duty to get married. You can't always be living for pleasure! Oscar Wilde
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I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful. Oscar Wilde
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Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all. Oscar Wilde
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...The two great turning-points of my life were when my father sent to Oxford, and when society sent me to prison. Oscar Wilde
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It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out. Oscar Wilde
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Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain. Oscar Wilde
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Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualification. Oscar Wilde
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Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. Oscar Wilde
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As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn't become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde
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Now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion. 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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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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