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The drawback of stealing a thing, is that one never knows how wonderful the thing that one steals is. Oscar Wilde
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The only things that one can use in fiction are the things that one has ceased to use in fact. Oscar Wilde
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Lots of people act well, but very few people talk well, which shows that talking is much the more difficult thing of the two, and much the finer thing also. Oscar Wilde
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passion makes one think in a circle 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. Oscar Wilde
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Society, civilized society at least, is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. Oscar Wilde
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better for him that each sin of his life had brought its sure swift penalty along with it. there was purification in punishment Oscar Wilde
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All good looks are a snare. They are a snare that every sensible man would like to be caught in. Oscar Wilde
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A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not got one who is a fool. Oscar Wilde
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A true friend stabs you in the front, not the back. Oscar Wilde
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people who only love once in their lives are really shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or the lack of imagination. Faithlessness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the intellectual life,-simply a confession of failure. Oscar Wilde
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Every good story-teller nowadays starts with the end, and then goes on to the beginning, and concludes with the middle... Oscar Wilde
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I can resist everything but temptation. Oscar Wilde
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Poor Aubrey: I hope he will get all right. He brought a strangely new personality to English art, and was a master in his way of fantastic grace, and the charm of the unreal. His muse had moods of terrible laughter. Behind his grotesques there seemed to lurk some curious philosophy... Oscar Wilde
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Thou knowest all; I seek in vain What lands to till or sow with seed - The land is black with briar and weed, Nor cares for falling tears or rain. Thou knowest all; I sit and wait With blinded eyes and hands that fail, Till the last lifting of the veil And the first opening of the gate. Thou knowest all; I cannot see. I trust I shall not live in vain, I know that we shall meet again In some divine eternity. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. Oscar Wilde
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I would sooner have fifty unnatural vices than one unnatural virtue. It is unnatural virtue that makes the world, for those who suffer, such a premature Hell. Oscar Wilde
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Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious. Both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde
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in every pleasure, cruelty has its place... Oscar Wilde
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I put all my talent into my works; I put my genius into my life Oscar Wilde
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The basis of every scandal is immoral certainty. Oscar Wilde
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I love you, I love you, my heart is a rose which your love has brought to bloom, my life is a desert fanned by the delicious breeze of your breath, and whose cool spring are your eyes; the imprint of your little feet makes valleys of shade for me, the odour of your hair is like myrrh, and wherever you go you exhale the perfumes of the cassia tree. Love me always, love me always. You have been the supreme, the perfect love of my life; there can be no other... Oscar Wilde
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One of the greatest tragedies of my life is the death of Lucien de Rubempre... It haunts me in my moments of pleasure. I remember it when I laugh. Oscar Wilde
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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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Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known. We have to resume it where we had left off, and there steals over us a terrible sense of the necessity for the continuance of energy in the same wearisome round of stereotyped habits, or a wild longing, it may be, that our eyelids might open some morning upon a world that had been refashioned anew in the darkness for our pleasure, a world in which things would have fresh shapes and colours, and be changed, or have other secrets, a world in which the past would have little or no place, or survive, at any rate, in no conscious form of obligation or regret, the remembrance even of joy having its bitterness and the memories of pleasure their pain. Oscar Wilde
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The only real people are the people who never existed, and if a novelist is base enough to go to life for his personages he should at least pretend that they are creations, and not boast of them as copies. The justification of a character in a novel is not that other persons are what they are, but that the author is what he is. Otherwise the novel is not a work of art. Oscar Wilde
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Religion?The fashionable substitute for belief. Oscar Wilde
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The only real people are the people who never existed, and if a novelist is base enough to go to life for his personages he should at least pretend that they are creations, and not boast of them as copies. Oscar Wilde
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I fancy that the true explanation is this: It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style. They affect us just as vulgarity affects us. They give us an impression of sheer brute force, and we revolt against that. Sometimes, however, a tragedy that possesses artistic elements of beauty crosses our lives. If these elements of beauty are real, the whole thing simply appeals to our sense of dramatic effect. Suddenly we find that we are no longer the actors, but the spectators of the play. Or rather we are both. We watch ourselves, and the mere wonder of the spectacle enthralls us. In the present case, what is it that has really happened? Some one has killed herself for love of you. I wish that I had ever had such an experience. It would have made me in love with love for the rest of my life. The people who have adored me-there have not been very many, but there have been some-have always insisted on living on, long after I had ceased to care for them, or they to care for me. They have become stout and tedious, and when I meet them, they go in at once for reminiscences. That awful memory of woman! What a fearful thing it is! And what an utter intellectual stagnation it reveals! One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar. Oscar Wilde
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They are more cunning than practical. When they make up their ledger, they balance stupidity by wealth, and vice by hypocrisy. Oscar Wilde
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There are as many Hamlets as there are melancholies. Oscar Wilde
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He was trying to gather up the scarlet threads of life and weave them into a pattern; to find his way through the sanguine labyrinth of passion through which he was wandering. Oscar Wilde
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Yes, we are overcharged for everything nowadays. I should fancy that the real tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self-denial. Beautiful sins, like beautiful things, are the privilege of the rich. Oscar Wilde
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She is a monster, without being a myth, which is rather unfair. Oscar Wilde
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The people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. (...) Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures Oscar Wilde
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No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Oscar Wilde
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The fact is, that I told him a story with a moral.Ah! that is always a very dangerous thing to do, Oscar Wilde
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The fact is, that civilisation requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralising. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends. Oscar Wilde
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For what are called criminals nowadays are not criminals at all. Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime. That indeed is the reason why our criminals are, as a class, so absolutely uninteresting from any psychological point of view. They are not marvellous Macbeths and terrible Vautrins. They are merely what ordinary, respectable, commonplace people would be if they had not got enough to eat. Oscar Wilde
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For his mourners will be outcast men And outcasts always mourn... Oscar Wilde
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If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him. Oscar Wilde
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He atones for being occasionally somewhat overdressed by being always absolutely over-educated. He is a very modern type. Oscar Wilde
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I am athirst for thy beauty; I am hungry for thy body; and neither wine nor apples can appease my desire. What shall I do now, Iokanaan? Neither the floods nor the great waters can quench my passion. I was a princess, and thou didst scorn me. I was a virgin, and thou didst take my virginity from me. I was chaste, and thou didst fill my veins with fire . . . Oscar Wilde
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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 the maladies of medievalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal - to something finer, richer, than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself. The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives. We are punished for our refusals. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! ah! wherefore didst thou not look at me? If thou hadst looked at me thou hadst loved me. Well I know that thou wouldst have loved me, and the mystery of Love is greater than the mystery of Death. Oscar Wilde
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The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. Oscar Wilde
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One should never take sides in anything, Mr. Kelvil. Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore. Oscar Wilde
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You should treat the trivial things in life seriously and the serious things in life with a sincere and studied triviality Oscar Wilde
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Details are always vulgar Oscar Wilde
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It is personalities, not principles, that move the age Oscar Wilde
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I am all expectation. Oscar Wilde
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Yes Harry I believe that is true. I cannot help telling you things. You have a curious influence over me. If I ever did a crime I would come and confess it to you. You would understand me. Oscar Wilde
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Silently we went round and round, And through each hollow mind The memory of dreadful things Rushed like a dreadful wind, And horror stalked before each man, And terror crept behind. Oscar Wilde
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Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others. Health is the primary duty of life. Oscar Wilde
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Even now I cannot help feeling that it is a mistake to think that the passion one feels in creation is ever really shown in the work one creates. Art is always more abstract than we fancy. Form and colour tell us of form and colour-that is all. It often seems to me that art conceals the artist far more completely than it ever reveals him. Oscar Wilde
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Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it. Oscar Wilde
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Art is always more abstract than we fancy. Form and colour tell us of form and colour - that is all. It often seems to me that art conceals the artist far more completely than it ever reveals him. Oscar Wilde
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Suffering is permanent, obscure, and dark And has the nature of infinity. Oscar Wilde
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The separation of spirit from matter was a mystery and the union of spirit with matter was a mystery also. Oscar Wilde
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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking other people to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde
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One knows so well the popular idea of health: the English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the unbeatable. Oscar Wilde
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The English novels are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. But one should not be too severe on them. They show a want of knowledge that must be the result of years of study. Oscar Wilde
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Mere words.. Was there anything so real as words? Oscar Wilde
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Rugged and straightforward as he was, there was something in his nature that was purely feminine in its tenderness Oscar Wilde
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The more he knew, the more he desired to know. He had mad hungers that grew more ravenous as he fed them. Oscar Wilde
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When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the only thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. Oscar Wilde
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We women love with our ears just as you men love with your eyes, if you ever love at all. Oscar Wilde
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The one charm about the past is that it is the past. But women never know when the curtain has fallen. They always want a sixth act, and as soon as the interest of the play is entirely over, they propose to continue it. If they were allowed their own way, every comedy would have a tragic ending, and every tragedy would culminate in a farce. They are charmingly artificial, but they have no sense of art. Oscar Wilde
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Besides, nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. Conscience makes egotists of us all. Oscar Wilde
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He sees all the lovely influences of life as modes of light: the imagination itself is the world of light. The world is made by it, and yet the world cannot understand it: that is because the imagination is simply a manifestation of love, and it is love and the capacity for it that distinguishes one human being from another. Oscar Wilde
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