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Oscar Wilde
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The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure. Oscar Wilde
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Love is a misunderstanding between two fools. Oscar Wilde
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Her love was trembling in laughter on her lips. Oscar Wilde
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The quivering, ardent sunlight showed him the lines of cruelty round the mouth as clearly as if he had been looking into a mirror after he had done some dreadful thing. Oscar Wilde
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Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. Oscar Wilde
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I treated Art as the supreme reality and life as a mere mode of fiction. Oscar Wilde
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God is love, love is blind, Stevie Wonder is blind, therefore Stevie Wonder is God. Oscar Wilde
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I'm so smart, I read and understand Hegel Oscar Wilde
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God's eternal laws are kind-and break the heart of stone. Oscar Wilde
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One should never make one's entrance with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age. Oscar Wilde
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Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine. It seeks to show new perspectives and other choices. It is a way to help expand and liberate the consciousness; our experiences, understandings, imaginings, options and thereby our lives. Oscar Wilde
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A temperament capable of receiving, through an imaginative medium, and under imaginative conditions, new and beautiful impressions, is the only temperament that can appreciate a work of art. Oscar Wilde
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Travel ennobles the spirit and does away with our prejudices. Oscar Wilde
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I don't write this letter to put bitterness into your heart, but to pluck it out of mine. For my own sake I must forgive you. Oscar Wilde
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Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. Oscar Wilde
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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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Beauty is a form of Genius-is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it. Oscar Wilde
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Nature is always behind the age Oscar Wilde
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Any place that we love becomes our world. Oscar Wilde
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I don't play accurately-any one can play accurately-but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life. Oscar Wilde
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Christ did not die to save people, but to teach people how to save each other. This is, I have no doubt, a grave heresy, but it is also a fact. Oscar Wilde
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The unread is always better than the unreadable. Oscar Wilde
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Any map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at. Oscar Wilde
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I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. 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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Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde
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Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays. Oscar Wilde
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The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. Oscar Wilde
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One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything. Oscar Wilde
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Industry is the root of all ugliness. Oscar Wilde
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Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy. Oscar Wilde
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How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can't make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless." "Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them." "I say it's perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances. Oscar Wilde
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I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men, and the colour of things: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all things in a phrase, all existence in an epigram: whatever I touched I made beautiful Oscar Wilde
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Pleasures may turn a heart to stone, riches may make it callous, but sorrows cannot break it. Hearts live by being wounded. Oscar Wilde
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He is some brainless, beautiful creature, who should always be here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in the summer when we want something to chill our intelligence. Oscar Wilde
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I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue. 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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The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just at present. Oscar Wilde
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A man is called affected, nowadays, if he dresses as he likes to dress. But in doing that he is acting in a perfectly natural manner. Affectation, in such matters, consists in dressing according to the views of one's neighbour, whose views, as they are the views of the majority, will probably be extremely stupid. Oscar Wilde
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When I had to fill in my immigration papers, I gave my age as 19, and my profession as genius; I added that I had nothing to declare except my talent. Oscar Wilde
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There's no sin but stupidity. Oscar Wilde
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Give children beauty, not the record of bloody slaughters and barbarous brawls, as they call history, or of the latitude and longitude of places nobody cares to visit, as they call geography. Oscar Wilde
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Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk. 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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The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived. Oscar Wilde
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Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there. Oscar Wilde
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But what is the difference between literature and journalism?... Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all. Oscar Wilde
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Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love's tragedies. Oscar Wilde
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When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde
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The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young. Oscar Wilde
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I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that. Oscar Wilde
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More difficult to do a thing than to talk about it? Not at all. That is a gross popular error. It is very much more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it. In the sphere of actual life that is of course obvious. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde
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The proper school to learn art in is not Life but Art. Oscar Wilde
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The essay simply represents an artistic standpoint, and in aesthetic criticism attitude is everything. For in art there is no such thing as a universal truth. A Truth in art is that whose contradictory is also true. Oscar Wilde
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Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
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Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. Oscar Wilde
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