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Oscar Wilde
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And thus we rust Life's iron chain Degraded and alone: And some men curse, and some men weep, And some men make no moan: But God's eternal Laws are kind And break the heart of stone Oscar Wilde
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To toil for a hard master is bitter, but to have no master to toil for is more bitter still. Oscar Wilde
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It is only very ugly or very beautiful women who ever hide their faces . Oscar Wilde
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Perhaps there may come into my art also, no less than into my life, a still deeper note, one of greater unity of passion, and directness of impulse. Not width but intensity is the true aim of modern art. We are no longer in art concerned with the type. It is with the exception that we have to do. I cannot put my sufferings into any form they took, I need hardly say. Art only begins where Imitation ends, but something must come into my work, of fuller memory of words perhaps, of richer cadences, of more curious effects, of simpler architectural order, of some aesthetic quality at any rate. Oscar Wilde
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I wonder that no criminal has ever pleaded the ugliness of your city as an excuse for his crimes. Oscar Wilde
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Would you be in any way offended if I said that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection? Oscar Wilde
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How long could you love a woman who didn't love you, Cecil? A woman who didn't love me? Oh, all my life! Oscar Wilde
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When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me. Indeed, as any one who knows me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink. At the present moment I am eating muffins because I am unhappy. Besides, I am particularly fond of muffins. Oscar Wilde
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I don't regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience. Oscar Wilde
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I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Oscar Wilde
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Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole! Oscar Wilde
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When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own. Oscar Wilde
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If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit. But if a friend of mine had a sorrow and refused to allow me to share it, I should feel it most bitterly. Oscar Wilde
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The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. Oscar Wilde
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I find that forgiving one's enemies is a most curious morbid pleasure; perhaps I should check it. Oscar Wilde
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The problem with the common person is that he is so unbearably common! Oscar Wilde
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The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. Oscar Wilde
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EXPERT: An ordinary man away from home giving advice. Oscar Wilde
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Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others. Oscar Wilde
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It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. Oscar Wilde
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The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. Oscar Wilde
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If they have not opened the eyes of the blind, they have at least given great encouragement to the short-sighted, and while their leaders may have all the inexperience of old age, their young men are far too wise to be ever sensible. Oscar Wilde
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I seem to have heard that observation before.... It has all the vitality of error and all the tediousness of an old friend. Oscar Wilde
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Men of thought should have nothing to do with action. Oscar Wilde
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Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde
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When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is. Oscar Wilde
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Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people. Oscar Wilde
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Popularity is the only insult that has not yet been offered to Mr. Whistler. Oscar Wilde
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She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit. Oscar Wilde
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LORD GORING: My father told me to go to bed an hour ago. I don't see why I shouldn't give you the same advice. I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde
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Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses - once! Oscar Wilde
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Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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I am in a duel to the death with this wallpaper, one of us has got to go. Oscar Wilde
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It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Oscar Wilde
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The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world's sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer. Oscar Wilde
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There is no good talking to him," said a Dragon-fly, who was sitting on the top of a large brown bulrush; "no good at all, for he has gone away." "Well, that is his loss, not mine," answered the Rocket. "I am not going to stop talking to him merely because he pays no attention. I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." "Then you should definitely lecture on Philosophy," said the Dragon-fly. Oscar Wilde
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Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. Oscar Wilde
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More than half of modern culture depends upon what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde
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I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out. Oscar Wilde
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Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations. Oscar Wilde
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You love the beauty that you can see and touch and handle, the beauty that you can destroy, and do destroy, but of the unseen beauty of life, of the unseen beauty of a higher life, you know nothing. Oscar Wilde
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He hasn't an enemy in the world, and none of his friend like him. Oscar Wilde
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Behind joy and laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard and callous. But behind sorrow there is always sorrow. Pain, unlike pleasure, wears no mask. ... For this reason there is no truth comparable to sorrow. There are times when sorrow seems to me to be the only truth. Other things may be illusions of the eye or the appetite, made to blind the one and cloy the other, but out of sorrow have the worlds been built, and at the birth of a child or a star there is pain. Oscar Wilde
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Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde
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Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching - that is really what our enthusiasm for education has come to. Oscar Wilde
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Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. Mothers are different. Mothers are darlings. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman Oscar Wilde
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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. Oscar Wilde
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There is a fatality about good resolutions - that they are always made too late Oscar Wilde
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Ah, on what little things does happiness depend! I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched. Oscar Wilde
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The truth about the life of a man is not what he does, but the legend which he creates around himself. Oscar Wilde
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Every impulse we strangle will only poison us. Oscar Wilde
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MRS ALLONBY Is she such a mystery? LORD ILLINGWORTH She is more than a mystery - she is a mood. MRS ALLONBY Moods don't last. LORD ILLINGWORTH It is their chief charm. Oscar Wilde
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But she is happiest alone. She is happiest alone. Oscar Wilde
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Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror. Oscar Wilde
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All art is immoral. Oscar Wilde
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A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde
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The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde
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Lady Hunstanton: But do you believe all that is written in the newspapers? Lord Illingworth: I do. Nowadays it is only the unreadable that occurs. Oscar Wilde
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I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about. Oscar Wilde
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And alien tears will fill for him Pity's long-broken urn, For his mourners will be outcast men, And outcasts always mourn. Oscar Wilde
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History is a lie commonly agreed upon. Oscar Wilde
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Don't run down dyed hair and painted faces. There is an extraordinary charm in them, sometimes. Oscar Wilde
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The best way to appreciate your job is to, is here to stay. Oscar Wilde
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Truth in art is the unity of a thing with itself: the outward rendered expressive of the inward: the soul made incarnate: the body instinct with spirit. For this reason there is no truth comparable to sorrow. Oscar Wilde
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All women are rebels. Oscar Wilde
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I gave my genius to my life, but my talent to my art. Oscar Wilde
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Imitation is the homage mediocrity pays to greatness. Oscar Wilde
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A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde
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