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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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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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I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning. Oscar Wilde
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My dear boy, the people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect-simply a confession of failures. Faithfulness! I must analyse it some day. The passion for property is in it. There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. But I don't want to interrupt you. Go on with your story. Oscar Wilde
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If there is anything more annoying in the world than having people talk about you, it is certainly having no one talk about you. Oscar Wilde
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It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue. Oscar Wilde
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What of Art? -It is a malady. -Love? -An Illusion. -Religion? -The fashionable substitute for Belief. -You are a sceptic. -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. -What are you? -To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde
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Don't squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar Oscar Wilde
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Either this wallpaper goes, or I do. Oscar Wilde
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The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered. Oscar Wilde
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Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary. 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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A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life. Oscar Wilde
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A beggar hates his benefactor as much as he hates himself for begging. 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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We live in the age of the overworked and the undereducated. 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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Perhaps one never seems so much at ones ease as when one has to play a part. Oscar Wilde
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The Ideal Man should talk to us as if we were goddesses, and treat us as if we were children. He should refuse all our serious requests, and gratify every one of our whims. He should encourage us to have caprices, and forbid us to have missions. He should always say much more than he means, and always mean much more than he says. 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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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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As one reads history, not in the expurgated editions written for schoolboys and passmen, but in the original authorities of each time, one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime. Oscar Wilde
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I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments. Oscar Wilde
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To have friends, you know, one need only be good-natured; but when a man has no enemy left there must be something mean about him. Oscar Wilde
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A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection. Oscar Wilde
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The best art is about individualism, free self-expression and realising a unique, imaginative perspective- A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent. Oscar Wilde
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Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. Oscar Wilde
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but the bravest man among us is afraid of himself Oscar Wilde
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I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world... And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was that I confined myself so exclusively to the trees of what seemed to me the sun-lit side of the garden, and shunned the other side for its shadow and its gloom. Oscar Wilde
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If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated. Oscar Wilde
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Common sense is the enemy of Romance :P:P Oscar Wilde
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One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy. Oscar Wilde
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I see that any materialism in life coarsens the soul, and that the hunger of the body and the appetites of the flesh desecrate always, and often destroy. Oscar Wilde
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Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. Oscar Wilde
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The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer. Oscar Wilde
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He wants to enslave you.' 'I shudder at the thought of being free. Oscar Wilde
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I'm too old to know everything Oscar Wilde
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I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock. 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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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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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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