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Oscar Wilde
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Oh! I killed Bunbury this afternoon... I mean poor Bunbury died this afternoon. What did he die of? Bunbury? Oh, he was exploded! Oscar Wilde
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I am so glad that you have never done anything, never carved a statue, or painted a picture, or produced anything outside of yourself! Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets. Oscar Wilde
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The real drawback to marriage is that it makes one unselfish. And unselfish people are colourless. They lack individuality. Oscar Wilde
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Define us as a sex. LORD ILLINGWORTH Sphinxes without secrets. Oscar Wilde
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I am not sorry for anything that has happened. It has taught me to know myself better. Oscar Wilde
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My gods dwell in temples made with hands. Oscar Wilde
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And Sleep will not lie down, but walks Wild-eyed and cries to Time. Oscar Wilde
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The common hill-flowers wither, but they blossom again. The laburnum will be as yellow next June as it is now. In a month there will be purple stars on the clematis, and year after year the green night of its leaves will hold its purple stars. But we never get back our youth. Oscar Wilde
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When is she Sibyl Vane?Never. Oscar Wilde
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You see, it is a very dangerous thing to listen. If one listens one may be convinced; and a man who allows himself to be convinced by an argument is a thoroughly unreasonable person. Oscar Wilde
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For the recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. Oscar Wilde
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For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. Outside, the day may be blue and gold, but the light that creeps down through the thickly-muffled glass of the small iron-barred window beneath which one sits is grey Oscar Wilde
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Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions. Oscar Wilde
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I should be sorry to be on the same level as an age like this. Oscar Wilde
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What odd chaps you painters are! 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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Why, my dear Basil, he is a Narcissus, and you-well, of course you have an intellectual expression, and all that. But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself an exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Oscar Wilde
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Marriage is hardly a thing that one can do now and then, Harry. Except in America, rejoined Lord Henry, languidly. Oscar Wilde
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What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity. Oscar Wilde
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To the philosopher women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. Oscar Wilde
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I must confess that most modern mysticism seems to me to be simply a method of imparting useless knowledge in a form that no one can understand Oscar Wilde
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Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say. Oscar Wilde
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What odd chaps you painters are! 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 begin talked about, and that is not being talked about. A portrait like this would set you far above all the young men in England, and make the old men jealous, if old men are ever capable of any emotion. Oscar Wilde
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My own one, I have never loved anyone in the world but you. Oscar Wilde
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Yet each man kills the things he loves Oscar Wilde
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There is a luxury in self-reproach. Oscar Wilde
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If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart, Oscar Wilde
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Art, even the art of fullest scope and widest vision, can never really show us the external world. All that it shows us is our own soul, the one world of which we have any real cognisance. And the soul itself, the soul of each one of us, is to each one of us a mystery. It hides in the dark and broods, and consciousness cannot tell us of its workings. Consciousness, indeed, is quite inadequate to explain the contents of personality. It is Art, and Art only, that reveals us to ourselves. Oscar Wilde
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O wandering graves! O restless sleep! O silence of the sunless day! O still ravine! O stormy deep! Give up your prey! Give up your prey! Oscar Wilde
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Hay muchas cosas que abandonariamos si no temieramos que otros pudiesen recogerlas. Oscar Wilde
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I remember having read somewhere, in some strange book, that when the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde
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You are unjust to women in England. And till you count what is a a shame in a woman to be an infamy in a man, you will always be unjust, and Right, that pillar of fire, and Wrong, that pillar of cloud, will be made dim to your eyes, or be not seen at all, or if seen, not regarded. Oscar Wilde
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The whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people. Oscar Wilde
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Like silver moons the pale narcissi lay Oscar Wilde
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His principles were out of date, but there was a good deal to be said for his prejudices. Oscar Wilde
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Alma e corpo, corpo e alma, como eram misteriosos! Havia animalismo na alma, e o corpo possuia momentos de espiritualidade. Oscar Wilde
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Her ivory hands on the ivory keys Strayed in a fitful fantasy, Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees Rustle their pale leaves listlessly, Or the drifting foam of a restless sea When the waves show their teeth in the flying breeze. Oscar Wilde
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La tragedia de la vejez no consiste en ser viejo, sino en haber sido joven. Oscar Wilde
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Come, I tell you. You have chattered enough about corruption. Now you shall look on it face to face! Oscar Wilde
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Una rosa se desperto en su sangre y ensombrecio sus mejillas. Un agitado aliento separo los petalos de sus labios, que temblaron. Sobre ella soplo algun viento sur de pasion y movio los delicados pliegos de su vestido Oscar Wilde
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I often wonder what would have happened to those in pain if, instead of Christ, there had been a Christian. Oscar Wilde
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The moment I met you I saw that you were quite unconscious of what you really are, of what you really might be. There was so much in you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself. I thought how tragic it would be if you were wasted. Oscar Wilde
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Ya sabes que nosotros, los pobres artistas, tenemos que aparecer en sociedad de cuando en cuando para recordar al publico que no somos salvajes. Oscar Wilde
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The Americans are an extremely interesting people. They are absolutely reasonable. I think that is their distinguishing characteristic...I assure you there is no nonsense about the Americans. Oscar Wilde
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secret. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. Oscar Wilde
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To cure the soul by means of the senses, and the senses by means of the soul. Oscar Wilde
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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 thought that terrifies us lays sudden siege to the brain and calls on us to yield. Oscar Wilde
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beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Oscar Wilde
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I would give my soul for that! Oscar Wilde
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sought to imprison within his brain some curious dream from which he feared he might awake. Oscar Wilde
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A grapefruit is ionly a lemon that saw an oppurtunity and took advantage of it. Oscar Wilde
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Nowadays all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men. Oscar Wilde
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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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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... Oscar Wilde
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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. Oscar Wilde
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You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing. Oscar Wilde
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He is some brainless beautiful creature who should be always here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in summer when we want something to chill our intelligence. Oscar Wilde
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We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to. Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world but youth! Oscar Wilde
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There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love. Sibyl Vane seemed to him to be absurdly melodramatic. Her tears and sobs annoyed him. Oscar Wilde
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Why had it been left for a stranger to reveal him to himself? Oscar Wilde
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You came to me to learn the Pleasure of Life and the Pleasure of Art. Perhaps I am chosen to teach you something much more wonderful, the meaning of Sorrow and its beauty. Oscar Wilde
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I have never searched for happiness. Who wants happiness? I have searched for pleasure. Oscar Wilde
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Demmed nuisance, relations! But they make one so demmed respectable. Oscar Wilde
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Romantic art begins with its climax. Oscar Wilde
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He grew more and more enamoured of his own beauty, more and more interested in the corruption of his own soul. Oscar Wilde
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Hay muchas cosas de las que nos desprenderiamos si no tuvieramos miedo de que otros las recogieran. Oscar Wilde
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it was never to accept any theory or system that would involve the sacrifice of any mode of passionate experience. Its aim, indeed, was to be experience itself, and not the fruits of experience, sweet or bitter as they might be. Oscar Wilde
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And this love of definite conception, this clearness of vision, this artistic sense of limit, is the characteristic of all great work and poetry; of the vision of Homer as of the vision of Dante, of Keats and William Morris as of Chaucer and Theocritus. It lies at the base of all noble, realistic and romantic work as opposed to the colourless and empty abstractions of our own eighteenth-century poets and of the classical dramatists of France, or of the vague spiritualities of the German sentimental school: opposed, too, to that spirit of transcendentalism which also was root and flower itself of the great Revolution, underlying the impassioned contemplation of Wordsworth and giving wings and fire to the eagle- like flight of Shelley, and which in the sphere of philosophy, though displaced by the materialism and positiveness of our day, bequeathed two great schools of thought, the school of Newman to Oxford, the school of Emerson to America. Yet is this spirit of transcendentalism alien to the spirit of art. For the artist can accept no sphere of life in exchange for life itself. For him there is no escape from the bondage of the earth: there is not even the desire of escape. He is indeed the only true realist: symbolism, which is the essence of the transcendental spirit, is alien to him. The metaphysical mind of Asia will create for itself the monstrous, many-breasted idol of Ephesus, but to the Greek, pure artist, that work is most instinct with spiritual life which conforms most clearly to the perfect facts of physical life. Oscar Wilde
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Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; Oscar Wilde
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The walls were hung with rich tapestries representing the Triumph of Beauty. A large press, inlaid with agate and lapis-lazuli, filled one corner, and facing the window stood a curiously wrought cabinet with lacquer panels of powdered and mosaiced gold, on which were placed some delicate goblets of Venetian glass, and a cup of dark-veined onyx. Pale poppies were broidered on the silk coverlet of the bed, as though they had fallen from the tired hands of sleep, and tall reeds of fluted ivory bare up the velvet canopy, from which great tufts of ostrich plumes sprang, like white foam, to the pallid silver of the fretted ceiling. A laughing Narcissus in green bronze held a polished mirror above its head. On the table stood a flat bowl of amethyst. Oscar Wilde
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I did not want any external influence in my life. You know how independent I am by nature. I have always been my own master; had at least always been so, till I met Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde
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