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Oscar Wilde
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His work was that curious mixture of bad painting and good intentions that always entitles a man to be called a representative British artist. Oscar Wilde
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By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful. Oscar Wilde
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Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither. Oscar Wilde
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The Governor was strong upon The Regulations Act: The Doctor said that Death was but A scientific fact: And twice a day the Chaplain called, And left a little tract. 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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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 sin was mine; I did not understand. So now is music prisoned in her cave, Save where some ebbing desultory wave Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand... 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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Oh! journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde
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Kelvil: May I ask, Lord Illingworth, if you regard the House of Lords as a better institution than the House of Commons? Lord Illingworth: A much better institution of course. We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body. Oscar Wilde
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Even the disciple has his uses. He stands behind one's throne, and at the moment of one's triumph whispers in one's ear that, after all, one is immortal. Oscar Wilde
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Jack: That, my dear Algy, is the whole truth pure and simple. Algernon: The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility! Oscar Wilde
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In married life, three is company, and two is none. Oscar Wilde
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Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die. Oscar Wilde
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Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to. Oscar Wilde
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Man reaches his perfection, not through what he has, not even through what he does, but entirely through what he is. Oscar Wilde
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High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. 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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We are specially designed to appeal to the sense of humour. Oscar Wilde
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Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Oscar Wilde
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The reason we are so pleased to find other people's secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own. Oscar Wilde
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Art should never be popular. Oscar Wilde
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Just to let you know that the buffet car will be closing for stocktaking in five minutes. The next station stop is Chesterfield. Oscar Wilde
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Palermo was lovely. The most beautifully situated town in the world - it dreams away its life in the Conca d'Oro, the exquisite valley that lies between two seas. The lemon groves and the orange gardens were entirely perfect. Oscar Wilde
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Everyone should keep someone else's diary. Oscar Wilde
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I have never killed anyone, but I have often read about some guy getting his ass taken out with great pleasure Oscar Wilde
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One's dreams must be big enough so as not to lose sight of them. Oscar Wilde
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God, bless me with luxury. Necessities I can do without. Oscar Wilde
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And if it feels good... Feel it! Oscar Wilde
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There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Oscar Wilde
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No one wants to see a play called 'Lady Windermere's Fan'. It's going to be called 'Cocks in Frocks II' or I will find another publisher Oscar Wilde
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When I was young, I was no one. Now, I'm worldwilde. Oscar Wilde
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As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognise the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection. Oscar Wilde
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What the hell is an oboe? Oscar Wilde
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The only thing that the artist cannot see is the obvious. The only thing that the public can see is the obvious... Oscar Wilde
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Public opinion exists only where there are no ideas. Oscar Wilde
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And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity's machine. Oscar Wilde
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One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. Oscar Wilde
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I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible. Oscar Wilde
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That he is indeed one of the very greatest masters of painting is my opinion. And I may add that in this opinion Mr. Whistler himself entirely concurs. Oscar Wilde
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Pathology is rapidly becoming the basis of sensational literature, and in art, as in politics, there is a great future for monsters. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can write a three-volumed novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature. Oscar Wilde
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Ernest Harrowden, one of those middle-aged mediocrities so common in London clubs who have no enemies, but are thoroughly disliked by their friends. Oscar Wilde
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Crime belongs exclusively to the lower orders. I don't blame them in the smallest degree. I should fancy that crime was to them what art is to us, simply a method of procuring extraordinary sensations. Oscar Wilde
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Just as there are false dawns before the dawn itself, and winter-days so full of sudden sunlight that they will cheat the wise crocus into squandering its gold before its time, and make some foolish bird call to its mate to build on barren boughs, so there were Christians before Christ.... The unfortunate thing is that there have been none since. Oscar Wilde
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I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence... In the afternoon, I put it back again. Oscar Wilde
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We Irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks. Oscar Wilde
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Ah, now-a-days 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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Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman. 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 do' regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience. Oscar Wilde
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Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. Oscar Wilde
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You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. Oscar Wilde
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Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power. Oscar Wilde
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I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde
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I can resist anything except temptation. Oscar Wilde
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A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde
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All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Oscar Wilde
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I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde
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