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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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I have also learnt sympathy with suffering. To me, suffering seems now a sacramental thing, that makes those whom it touches holy. Oscar Wilde
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My first impressions of people are invariably right. Oscar Wilde
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Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks. Oscar Wilde
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Morality does not help me. I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. Oscar Wilde
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Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everybody in good society holds exactly the same opinions. Oscar Wilde
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You have not realized how I have developed. I was a schoolboy when you knew me. I am a man now. I have new passions new thoughts new ideas. I am different but you must not like me less. I am changed but you must always be my friend. Oscar Wilde
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Yes; she is a peacock in everything but beauty, Oscar Wilde
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An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. Some day I will show the world what it is; and for that reason the world shall never see my portrait of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde
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Utterly, irrevocably, lost Oscar Wilde
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What a laugh she had!-just like a thrush singing. And how pretty she had been in her cotton dresses and her large hats! She knew nothing, but she had everything that he had lost. 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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Shall Joy wear what Grief has fashioned? Oscar Wilde
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If the caveman had known how to laugh, history would have been different. 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 mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal-to something finer, richer, than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. Oscar Wilde
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There is an unknown land full of strange flowers and subtle perfumes, a land of which it is joy of all joys to dream, a land where all things are perfect and poisonous. Oscar Wilde
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But it appeared to Dorian Gray that the true nature of the senses had never been understood, and that they had remained savage and animal merely because the world had sought to stave them into submission or to kill them by pain, instead of aiming at making them elements of a new spirituality, of which a fine instinct for beauty was to be the dominant characteristic. Oscar Wilde
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Music had stirred him like that. Music had troubled him many times. But music was not articulate. It was not a new world, but rather another chaos, that it created in us. Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give plastic form to formless things, and to have music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of flute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words? Oscar Wilde
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What was youth at best? A green, an unripe time, a time of shallow moods, and sickly thoughts. Oscar Wilde
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I would sooner say, or hear it said of me, that I was so typical a child of my age, that in my perversity, and for that perversity`s sake, I turned the good things of my life to evil, and the evil things of my life to good. Oscar Wilde
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One can realise a thing in a single moment, but one loses it in the long hours that follow with leaden feet. Oscar Wilde
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In love, one always begins in deceiving oneself, and one always ends in deceiving others. 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. Oscar Wilde
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I can not 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 color tell us of form and color-that is all. It often seems to me that art conceals the artist more completely than it ever reveals hi m Oscar Wilde
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Robert, men can love what is beneath them-things unworthy, stained, dishonoured. We women worship when we love; and when we lose our worship, we lose everything. Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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to marry into a cloakroom, and form an alliance with a parcel Oscar Wilde
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Puede recordar usted algun gran error que haya cometido en su juventud, duquesa? -pregunto mirandola- Me temo que de una gran cantidad de ellos -exclamo ella. Entonces cometalos otra vez -dijo el gravemente-. Volver a la juventud es solamente repetir sus locuras. Oscar Wilde
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love is not safe Oscar Wilde
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Talking to him was like playing upon an exquisite violin. Oscar Wilde
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In her dealings with man, destiny never closed her accounts. Oscar Wilde
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My own personality has become a burden to me. I want to escape, to go away, to forget. Oscar Wilde
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You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde
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I am not a Pessimist. Indeed I am not sure that I quite know what Pessimism really means. All I do know is that life cannot be understood without much charity, it cannot be lived without much charity. It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation of this world, whatever may be the explanation of the next. Oscar Wilde
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A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde
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the reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. 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 Oscar Wilde
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Now, the value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Indeed, the probabilities are the most insincere the man is, the more purely intellectual will the idea be, as in that case it will not be coloured by either his wants, his desires, or his prejudices. Oscar Wilde
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Punctuality is the thief of time. Oscar Wilde
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The girl laughed again. The joy of a caged bird was in her voice. Her eyes caught the melody and echoed it in radiance, then closed for a moment, as though to hide their secret. When they opened, the mist of a dream had passed across them. Oscar Wilde
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The life that was to make his soul would mar his body. Oscar Wilde
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Robert, how could you have sold yourself for money? I did not sell myself for money. I bought success at a great price. That is all. Oscar Wilde
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In every sphere of life, form is the beginning of things. [...] Forms are the food of faith, cried Newman in one of those great moments of sincerity that made us admire the know the man. [...] The Creeds are believed, not because they are rational, but because they are repeated. Oscar Wilde
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What are you? To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde
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The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. OSCAR WILDE Oscar Wilde
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My dear fellow, I am prepared to prove anything. Oscar Wilde
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The only possible society is oneself. To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde
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I felt that this grey, monstrous London of ours, with its myriads of people, its sordid sinners and its splendid sins Oscar Wilde
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Nunca des explicaciones, tus amigos no las necesitan y tus enemigos no las creen Oscar Wilde
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All charming people are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction. Oscar Wilde
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But in the case of an artist, weakness is nothing less than a crime, when it is a weakness that paralyses the imagination. Oscar Wilde
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You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. Oscar Wilde
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Morality does not help me. I am a born antinomian...I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does. I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes. Oscar Wilde
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No fim, o desejo era como uma doenca, uma loucura, ou ambas. Deixei de pensar nos outros, desfrutava o prazer onde quer que o encontrasse e seguia adiante. Esqueci que cada pequena acao cotidiana pode fazer ou desfazer um carater e que tudo aquilo que fazemos no segredo da alcova, teremos que confessa-lo um dia, gritando do alto dos telhados. Oscar Wilde
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The youth of America is their oldest tradition. Oscar Wilde
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There was a silence. The evening darkened in the room. Noiselessly and with silver feet the shadows crept in from the garden. The colours faded wearily out of things. Oscar Wilde
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A ti te gusta todo el mundo, o lo que es lo mismo, no te importa nadie Oscar Wilde
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I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me. I turned half-way round and saw Dorian Gray for the first time. When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself. Oscar Wilde
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Dorian Gray listened, open-eyed and wondering. The spray of lilac fell from his hand upon the gravel. A furry bee came and buzzed round it for a moment. Then it began to scramble all over the oval stellated globe of the tiny blossoms. He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression, or when some though that terrifies us lays sudden siege to the brain and calls on us to yield. Oscar Wilde
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Yet, as has been said of him before, no theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself. He felt keenly conscious of how barren all intellectual speculation is when separated from action and experiment. He knew that the senses, no less than the soul, have their spiritual mysteries to reveal. Oscar Wilde
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I get hungry for her presence; and when I think of the wonderful soul that is hidden away in that little ivory body, I am filled with awe. Oscar Wilde
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Bitter, bitter was the pain, and wilder and wilder grew her song, for she sang of the Love that is perfected by Death, of the Love that dies not in the tomb. Oscar Wilde
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The past could always be annihilated; regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable. There were passions in him that would find their terrible outlet, dreams that would make the shadow of their evil real. Oscar Wilde
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Conciencia y cobardia son lo mismo realmente, Basil. La conciencia es el nombre comercial de la empresa. Eso es todo Oscar Wilde
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I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself do not interest me. The have not got the charm of novelty. Oscar Wilde
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His nature had developed like a flower, had borne blossoms of scarlet flame. Out of its secret hiding-place had crept his Soul, and Desire had come to meet it on the way. Oscar Wilde
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An admirable idea! Mr. Worthing, there is just one question I would like to be permitted to put to you. Where is your brother Ernest? We are both engaged to be married to your brother Ernest, so it is a matter of some importance to us to know where your brother Ernest is at present. Oscar Wilde
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Creo que el arte oculta al artista mas que lo descubre Oscar Wilde
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The public like to insult poets because they are individual, but once they have insulted them, they leave them alone. In the case of the novel and the drama, arts in which the public do take an interest, the result of the exercise of popular authority has been absolutely ridiculous. No country produces such badly-written fiction, such tedious, common work in the novel form, such silly, vulgar plays as England. It must necessarily be so. The popular standard is of such a character that no artist can get to it. It is at once too easy and too difficult to be a popular novelist. It is too easy, because the requirements of the public as far as plot, style, psychology, treatment of life, and treatment of literature are concerned are within the reach of the very meanest capacity and the most uncultivated mind. It is too difficult, because to meet such requirements the artist would have to do violence to his temperament, would have to write not for the artistic joy of writing, but for the amusement of half-educated people, and so would have to suppress his individualism, forget his culture, annihilate his style, and surrender everything that is valuable in him. Oscar Wilde
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Moral grounds are always the last refuge of people who have no sense of beauty. Oscar Wilde
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