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Oscar Wilde
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We have quite the same ideas. No; I think our ideas are quite different. But he has been most pleasant. Oscar Wilde
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Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde
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In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. Oscar Wilde
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The only horrible thing in the world is ennui. Oscar Wilde
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You are more to me than any of them has any idea; you are the atmosphere of beauty through which I see life; you are the incarnation of all lovely things...I think of you day and night. ~ Letter to Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas Oscar Wilde
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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. If a personality fascinates me, whatever mode of expression that personality selects is absolutely delightful to me. Oscar Wilde
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My life-my whole life- take it, and do with it what you will. I love you-love you as I have never loved any living thing. From the moment I met you I loved you, loved you blindly, adoringly,madly! You didn't know it then-you know it now. Oscar Wilde
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Civilization is not by means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt. Oscar Wilde
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I am always late on principle, my principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. Oscar Wilde
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Art only begins where Imitation ends. Oscar Wilde
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The secret to life is to enjoy the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived. Oscar Wilde
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Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. Oscar Wilde
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Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses. Oscar Wilde
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This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose? Algernon. Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is. The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my life. Jack. Well, you've no right whatsoever to Bunbury here. Algernon. That is absurd. One has a right to Bunbury anywhere one chooses. Every serious Bunburyist knows that. Oscar Wilde
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Come, dear, [Gwendolen rises] we have already missed five, if not six, trains. To miss any more might expose us to comment on the platform. Oscar Wilde
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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 tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. Oscar Wilde
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Truth is independent of facts always. Oscar Wilde
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Its a beautiful woman's fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes Oscar Wilde
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And alien tears will fill for him pity's long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn. Oscar Wilde
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For he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! that quite does for me. I haven't a word to say... Too much care was taken with our education, I am afraid. To have been well brought up is a great drawback nowadays. It shuts one out from so much. Oscar Wilde
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However, I think anything is better than high intellectual pressure. That is the most unbecoming thing there is. It makes the noses of the young girls so particularly large. Oscar Wilde
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She is a peacock in everything but beauty! Oscar Wilde
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All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic. Oscar Wilde
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His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was not a simple but rather a very complex passion. Oscar Wilde
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Grass is hard and lumpy and damp, and full of dreadful black insects. Oscar Wilde
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The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out. Oscar Wilde
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When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it. Oscar Wilde
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Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness. Oscar Wilde
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But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. Oscar Wilde
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I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement. Oscar Wilde
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I must say... that I ruined myself: and that nobody, great or small, can be ruined except by his own hand. Oscar Wilde
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Women are made to be loved, not understood. Oscar Wilde
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Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde
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Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! Oscar Wilde
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Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper. Oscar Wilde
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I beg your pardon I didn't recognise you - I've changed a lot. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty, and to someone else if she is plain. Oscar Wilde
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I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. 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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Some things are more precious because they don't last long. Oscar Wilde
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Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. Oscar Wilde
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If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first. Oscar Wilde
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In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer. Oscar Wilde
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I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I'll certainly try to forget the fact. Oscar Wilde
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The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin. Oscar Wilde
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I did not think I should be ever loved: do you indeed Love me so much as now you say you do? Ask of the sea-bird if it loves the sea, Ask of the roses if they love the rain, Ask of the little lark, that will not sing Till day break, if it loves to see the day: And yet, these are but empty images, Mere shadows of my love, which is a fire So great that all the waters of the main Can not avail to quench it. Oscar Wilde
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One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. Oscar Wilde
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In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust. Oscar Wilde
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The evil that machinery is doing is not merely in the consequence of its work but in the fact that it makes men themselves machines also. Oscar Wilde
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To elope is cowardly; it is running away from danger; and danger has become so rare in modern life. Oscar Wilde
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Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The loves and sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude. Oscar Wilde
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It is what we fear that happens to us. Oscar Wilde
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The wild Bee reels from bough to bough With his furry coat and his gauzy wing, Now in a lily cup, and now Setting a jacinth bell a-swing, In his wandering. Oscar Wilde
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At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets. Oscar Wilde
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Like two doomed ships that pass in storm we had crossed each other's way: but we made no sign, we said no word, we had no word to say. Oscar Wilde
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Newspapers have degenerated. They may now be absolutely relied upon. Oscar Wilde
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He thinks like a Tory, and talks like a Radical, and that's so important nowadays. Oscar Wilde
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No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism. Oscar Wilde
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Nature: a place where birds fly around uncooked Oscar Wilde
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We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments. Oscar Wilde
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The man who says he has exhausted life generally means that life has exhausted him. Oscar Wilde
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There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband. Oscar Wilde
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I envy you going to Oxford: it is the most flower-like time of one's life. One sees the shadow of things in silver mirrors. Later on, one sees the Gorgon's head, and one suffers, because it does not turn one to stone. Oscar Wilde
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To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing. Oscar Wilde
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It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest. Oscar Wilde
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Fantastic shadows of birds Oscar Wilde
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Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt. Oscar Wilde
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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Oscar Wilde
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All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of. Oscar Wilde
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Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us. Oscar Wilde
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