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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have put my genius into my life; all I've put into my works is my talent. Oscar Wilde
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While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at. Oscar Wilde
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The Bostonians take their learning too sadly: culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Oscar Wilde
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Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde
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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Oscar Wilde
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It is well for our vanity that we slay the criminal, for if we suffered him to live he might show us what we had gained by his crime. Oscar Wilde
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The nineteenth century is a turning point in history, simply on account of the work of two men, Darwin and Renan, the one the critic of the Book of Nature, the other the critic of the books of God. Oscar Wilde
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Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act according with the dictates of reason. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing is good in moderation. You cannot know good in anything until you have torn the heart out of it by excess. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing is impossible in Russia but reform. Oscar Wilde
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The Americans are certainly hero-worshippers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes. Oscar Wilde
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The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us. Oscar Wilde
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