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It is very wrong to kill any one[.]' 'Oh, I hate the cheap severity of abstract ethics! Oscar Wilde
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Lo! with a little rod I did but touch the honey of romance - And must I lose a soul's inheritance? Oscar Wilde
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It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful. Oscar Wilde
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One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them. Oscar Wilde
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the Garden of Death' 'Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is. Oscar Wilde
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And the child smiled on the Giant, and said to him, 'You let me play once in your garden, to-day you shall come with me to my garden, which is Paradise. Oscar Wilde
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ya, aku memang seorang pemimpi. karena pemimpi adalah orang yang dapat menemukan jalannya dengan diterangi cahaya bulan, dan orang pertama yang melihat matahari terbit sebelum seluruh dunia melihatnya. Oscar Wilde
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How pale the Princess is! Never have I seen her so pale. She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver. Oscar Wilde
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I tremble with pleasure when I think that on the very day of my leaving prison both the laburnum and the lilac will be blooming in the gardens, and that I shall see the wind stir into restless beauty the swaying gold of the one, and make the other toss the pale purple of its plumes, so that all the air shall be Arabia for me. Oscar Wilde
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The basis of optimism is sheer terror. We think that we are generous because we credit our neighbour with the possession of those virtues that are likely to be a benefit to us. We praise the banker that we may overdraw our account, and find good qualities in the highwayman in the hope that he may spare our pockets. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, I love London Society! It has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be. Oscar Wilde
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With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols of things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde
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The long black nights, when the moon hides her face, when the stars are afraid, are not so black. The silence that dwells in the forest is not so black. There is nothing in the world so black as thy hair. Oscar Wilde
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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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One of the requisites of sanity is to disagree with the majority of the British public. Oscar Wilde
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If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart Oscar Wilde
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And the wild regrets and the bloody seats None knew so well as I For he who lives more lives than one More deaths than one, must die. Oscar Wilde
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Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil, cried Dorian with a wild gesture of despair. Oscar Wilde
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Then she gave one last burst of music. The white Moon heard it, and she forgot the dawn, and lingered on in the sky. The red rose heard it, and it trembled all over with ecstasy, and opened its petals to the cold morning air. Echo bore it to her purple cavern in the hills, and woke the sleeping shepherds from their dreams. It floated through the reeds of the river, and they carried its message to the sea. Oscar Wilde
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LADY BRACKNELL Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Lady Dumbleton is an instance in point. To my own knowledge she has been thirty-five ever since she arrived at the age of forty, which was many years ago now. Oscar Wilde
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A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets make a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. Oscar Wilde
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What nonsense people talk about happy marriages!' exclaimed Lord Henry. ' A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. Oscar Wilde
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But don't you think one can be happy when on is married? Perfectly happy. But the happiness of a married man, my dear Gerald, depends on the people he has not married. But if one is in love? One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. Oscar Wilde
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You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream. I worshipped you. I grew jealous of every one to whom you spoke. I wanted to have you all to myself. Oscar Wilde
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An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship. It starts in the right manner. Oscar Wilde
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Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them. Oscar Wilde
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And her sweet red lips on these lips of mine Burned like the ruby fire set In the swinging lamp of a crimson shrine, Or the bleeding wounds of the pomegranate, Or the heart of the lotus drenched and wet With the spilt-out blood of the rose-red wine. Oscar Wilde
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There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other - by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought. Oscar Wilde
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Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable Oscar Wilde
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-Porque posee usted la mas maravillosa juventud, y la juventud es lo mas precioso que se puede poseer. -No lo siento yo asi, lord Henry. -No; no lo siente ahora. Pero algun dia, cuando sea viejo y feo y este lleno de arrugas, cuando los pensamientos le hayan marcado la frente con sus pliegues y la pasion le haya quemado los labios con sus odiosas brasas, lo sentira, y lo sentira terriblemente. Ahora, dondequiera que vaya, seduce a todo el mundo. Sera siempre asi?... Posee usted un rostro extraordinariamente agraciado, senor Gray. No frunza el ceno. Es cierto. Y la belleza es una manifestacion de genio; esta incluso por encima del genio, puesto que no necesita explicacion. Es uno de los grandes dones de la naturaleza, como la luz del sol, o la primavera, o el reflejo en aguas oscuras de esa concha de plata a la que llamamos luna. No admite discusion. Tiene un derecho divino de soberania. Convierte en principes a quienes la poseen. Se sonrie? ˇAh! Cuando la haya perdido no sonreira... La gente dice a veces que la belleza es solo superficial. Tal vez. Pero, al menos, no es tan superficial como el pensamiento. Para mi la belleza es la maravilla de las maravillas. Tan solo las personas superficiales no juzgan por las apariencias. El verdadero misterio del mundo es lo visible, no lo que no se ve... Si, senor Gray, los dioses han sido buenos con usted. Pero lo que los dioses dan, tambien lo quitan, y muy pronto. Solo dispone de unos pocos anos en los que vivir de verdad, perfectamente y con plenitud. Cuando se le acabe la juventud desaparecera la belleza, y entonces descubrira de repente que ya no le quedan mas triunfos, o habra de contentarse con unos triunfos insignificantes que el recuerdo de su pasado esplendor hara mas amargos que las derrotas. Cada mes que expira lo acerca un poco mas a algo terrible. El tiempo tiene celos de usted, y lucha contra sus lirios y sus rosas. Se volvera cetrino, se le hundiran las mejillas y sus ojos perderan el brillo. Sufrira horriblemente... ˇAh! Disfrute plenamente de la juventud mientras la posee. No despilfarre el oro de sus dias escuchando a gente aburrida, tratando de redimir a los fracasados sin esperanza, ni entregando su vida a los ignorantes, los anodinos y los vulgares. Esos son los objetivos enfermizos, las falsas ideas de nuestra epoca. ˇViva! ˇViva la vida maravillosa que le pertenece! No deje que nada se pierda. Este siempre a la busca de nuevas sensaciones. No tenga miedo de nada... Un nuevo hedonismo: eso es lo que nuestro siglo necesita. Usted puede ser su simbolo visible. Dada su personalidad, no hay nada que no pueda hacer. El mundo le pertenece durante una temporada... En el momento en que lo he visto he comprendido que no se daba usted cuenta en absoluto de lo que realmente es, de lo que realmente puede ser. Habia en usted tantas cosas que me encantaban que he sentido la necesidad de hablarle un poco de usted. He pensado en la tragedia que seria malgastar lo que posee. Porque su juventud no durara mucho, demasiado poco, a decir verdad. Las flores sencillas del campo se marchitan, pero florecen de nuevo. Las flores del codeso seran tan amarillas el proximo junio como ahora. Dentro de un mes habra estrellas moradas en las clematides y, ano tras ano, la verde noche de sus hojas sostendra sus flores moradas. Pero nosotros nunca recuperamos nuestra juventud. El pulso alegre que late en nosotros cuando tenemos veinte anos se vuelve perezoso con el paso del tiempo. Nos fallan las extremidades, nuestros sentidos se deterioran. Nos convertimos en espantosas marionetas, obsesionados por el recuerdo de las pasiones que nos asustaron en demasia, y el de las exquisitas tentaciones a las que no tuvimos el valor de sucumbir. ˇJuventud! ˇJuventud! ˇNo hay absolutamente nada en el mundo excepto la juventud! Oscar Wilde
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I hate people who talk about themselves, as you do, when one wants to talk about oneself, as I do. Oscar Wilde
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Do you think that I would not have let you know that, if you suffered, I was suffering too: that if you wept there were tears in my eyes also: and that if you lay in the house of bondage and were despised of men, I out of my griefs had built a house in which to dwell until your coming, a treasury in which all that man had denied to you would be laid up for your healing, one hundredfold in increase? Oscar Wilde
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My doctor says I must not have any serious conversation after seven [o'clock]. It makes me talk in my sleep. Oscar Wilde
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It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.' - Oscar Wilde (Chuck Palahniuk - Pygmy) Oscar Wilde
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If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties. Oscar Wilde
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The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. People people have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to oneself. Oscar Wilde
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In the square below,' said the Happy Prince, 'there stands a little match-girl. She has let her matches fall in the gutter, and they are all spoiled. Her father will beat her if she does not bring home some money, and she is crying. She has no shoes or stockings, and her little head is bare. Pluck out my other eye, and give it to her, and her father will not beat her.' 'I will stay with you one night longer,' said the Swallow, 'but I cannot pluck out your eye. You would be quite blind then.' 'Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow,' said the Prince, 'do as I command you.' So he plucked out the Prince's other eye, and darted down with it. He swooped past the match-girl, and slipped the jewel into the palm of her hand. 'What a lovely bit of glass,' cried the little girl; and she ran home, laughing. Then the Swallow came back to the Prince. 'You are blind now,' he said, 'so I will stay with you always. Oscar Wilde
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Basil my dear boy puts everything that is charming in him into his work. The consequence is that he has nothing left for life but his prejudices his principles and his common sense. The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet a really great poet is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. Oscar Wilde
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Everyone is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling. Oscar Wilde
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In war,' answered the weaver, 'the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor. We must work to live, and they give us such mean wages that we die. We toil for them all day long, and they heap up gold in their coffers, and our children fade away before their time, and the faces of those we love become hard and evil. We tread out the grapes, another drinks the wine. We sow the corn, and our own board is empty. We have chains, though no eye beholds them; and are slaves, though men call us free. Oscar Wilde
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The bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation Oscar Wilde
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MRS. ALLONBY. It is only fair to tell you beforehand he has got no conversation at all. LADY STUTFIELD. I adore silent men. MRS ALLONBY. Oh, Ernest isn't silent. He talks the whole time. But he has got no conversation. What he talks about I don't know. I haven't listened to him for years. Oscar Wilde
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Not 'Forgive us for our sins' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of man to a most just God. Oscar Wilde
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Tread Lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral - immoral from the scientific point of view.' 'Why?' 'Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here ofr. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion - these are the two things that govern us. And yet [...] I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream - I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all maladies of medievalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal - to something finer, richer, than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. [...] We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us. ... The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. Oscar Wilde
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Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known Oscar Wilde
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The living always think that gold can make them happy Oscar Wilde
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I don't know that women are always rewarded for being charming. I think they are usually punished for it! Oscar Wilde
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I am completely penniless, and absolutely homeless. Yet there are worse things in the world than that. Oscar Wilde
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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.... A fresh mode of Beauty is absolutely distasteful to them, and whenever it appears they get so angry and bewildered that they always use two stupid expressions-one is that the work of art is grossly unintelligible; the other, that the work of art is grossly immoral. What they mean by these words seems to me to be this. When they say a work is grossly unintelligible, they mean that the artist has said or made a beautiful thing that is new; when they describe a work as grossly immoral, they mean that the artist has said or made a beautiful thing that is true. Oscar Wilde
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It's most dangerous nowadays for a husband to pay any attention to his wife in public. It always makes people think that he beats her when they are alone. The world has grown so suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life. Oscar Wilde
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In America, the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefit of their inexperience. Oscar Wilde
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Weak? Oh, I am sick of hearing that phrase. Sick of using it about others. Weak? Do you really think, 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. To stake all one's life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not-there is no weakness in that. There is a horrible, terrible courage. I had that courage. Oscar Wilde
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Do you really think ... 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. To stake all one's life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not - there is no weakness in that. Oscar Wilde
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I hope it did not end happily? I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much. Oscar Wilde
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The great things of life are what they seem to be, and for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, are often difficult to interpret. But the little things of life are symbols. We receive our bitter lessons most easily through them. Oscar Wilde
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The brain had its own food on which it battened, and the imagination, made grotesque by terror, twisted and distorted as a living thing by pain, danced like some foul puppet on a stand and grinned through moving masks. Oscar Wilde
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I know of nothing in all drama more incomparable from the point of view of art, nothing more suggestive in its subtlety of observation, than Shakespeare's drawing of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. They are Hamlet's college friends. They have been his companions. They bring with them memories of pleasant days together. At the moment when they come across him in the play he is staggering under the weight of a burden intolerable to one of his temperament. The dead have come armed out of the grave to impose on him a mission at once too great and too mean for him. He is a dreamer, and he is called upon to act. He has the nature of the poet, and he is asked to grapple with the common complexity of cause and effect, with life in its practical realisation, of which he knows nothing, not with life in its ideal essence, of which he knows so much. He has no conception of what to do, and his folly is to feign folly. Brutus used madness as a cloak to conceal the sword of his purpose, the dagger of his will, but the Hamlet madness is a mere mask for the hiding of weakness. In the making of fancies and jests he sees a chance of delay. He keeps playing with action as an artist plays with a theory. He makes himself the spy of his proper actions, and listening to his own words knows them to be but 'words, words, words.' Instead of trying to be the hero of his own history, he seeks to be the spectator of his own tragedy. He disbelieves in everything, including himself, and yet his doubt helps him not, as it comes not from scepticism but from a divided will. Of all this Guildenstern and Rosencrantz realise nothing. They bow and smirk and smile, and what the one says the other echoes with sickliest intonation. When, at last, by means of the play within the play, and the puppets in their dalliance, Hamlet 'catches the conscience' of the King, and drives the wretched man in terror from his throne, Guildenstern and Rosencrantz see no more in his conduct than a rather painful breach of Court etiquette. That is as far as they can attain to in 'the contemplation of the spectacle of life with appropriate emotions.' They are close to his very secret and know nothing of it. Nor would there be any use in telling them. They are the little cups that can hold so much and no more. Oscar Wilde
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I am afraid that she is a coquette, for she is always flirting with the wind. Oscar Wilde
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but love is not fashionable anymore, the poets have killed it. They wrote so much about it that nobody believed them, and I am not surprised. True love suffers, and is silent. I remember myself once-but no matter now. Romance is a thing of the past. Oscar Wilde
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What are the unreal things, but the passions that once burned one like fire? What are the incredible things, but the things that one has faithfully believed? What are the improbable things? The things that one has done oneself. No, Ernest; life cheats us with shadows, like a puppet- master. We ask it for pleasure. It gives it to us, with bitterness and disappointment in its train. We come across some noble grief that we think will lend the purple dignity of tragedy to our days, but it passes away from us, and things less noble take its place, and on some grey windy dawn, or odorous eve of silence and of silver, we find ourselves looking with callous wonder, or dull heart of stone, at the tress of gold-flecked hair that we had once so wildly worshipped and so madly kissed. Oscar Wilde
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What you have told me is quite a romance, a romance of art one might call it, and the worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic. Oscar Wilde
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A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent Oscar Wilde
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In the strangely simple economy of the world people only get what they give, and to those who have not enough imagination to penetrate the mere outward of things and feel pity, what pity can be given save that of scorn? Oscar Wilde
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We all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. The thoroughly well-informed man - that is the modern ideal. And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value. Oscar Wilde
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In literature mere egotism is delightful. Oscar Wilde
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It was always once springtime in my heart. Oscar Wilde
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God made the world just as much for me as for any one else. Oscar Wilde
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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 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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Well, the way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test reality we must see it on the tight rope. When the verities become acrobats, we can judge them. Oscar Wilde
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