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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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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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California is an Italy without its art. There are subjects for the artist, but it is universally true that the only scenery which inspires utterance is that which man feels himself the master of. The mountains of California are so gigantic that they are not favorable to art or poetry. There are good poets in England but none in Switzerland. There the mountains are too high. Art cannot add to nature. Oscar Wilde
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I am dying, as I have lived, beyond my means. Oscar Wilde
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Let me say to you now that to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. Oscar Wilde
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Shakespeare might have met Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the white streets of London, or seen the serving-men of rival houses bite their thumbs at each other in the open square: but Hamlet came out of his soul, and Romeo out of his passion. Oscar Wilde
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Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilisation, more marvelous and more splendid than any that has gone before. Oscar Wilde
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Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot. Oscar Wilde
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Hearts live by being wounded. Oscar Wilde
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Suffering is one very long moment. We can not divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods and chronicle their return. Oscar Wilde
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Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! Oscar Wilde
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There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not. Oscar Wilde
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Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. Oscar Wilde
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The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable. Oscar Wilde
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One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar. Oscar Wilde
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It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Oscar Wilde
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I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real. Oscar Wilde
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Any place you love is the world to you", explained the pensive Catherine Wheel, who had been attached to an old deal box in early life, and prided herself on her broken heart; "but love is not fashionable any more, the poets have killed it. They wrote so much about that nobody believed them, and I am not surprised. True love suffers, and is silent. I remember myself once- But it is no matter now. Romance is a thing of the past. Oscar Wilde
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Experience is a question of instinct about life. Oscar Wilde
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A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say at the age of eighteen. Oscar Wilde
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Artists, like the Greek gods, are only revealed to one another. Oscar Wilde
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Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life Oscar Wilde
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And her sweet red lips on these lips of mine Burned like the ruby fire set In the swinging lamp of a crimson shrine, Or the bleeding wounds of the pomegranate, Or the heart of the lotus drenched and wet With the spilt-out blood of the rose-red wine. Oscar Wilde
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sorrow...is a wound that bleeds when any hand but that of love touches it Oscar Wilde
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Young men want to be faithful, and are not. Old men want to be faithless, and cannot. Oscar Wilde
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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde
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The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde
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Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde
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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde
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Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde
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There are few of us who have not sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make one almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when through the chambers of the brain sweep phantoms more terrible than reality itself, and instinct with that vivid life that lurks in all grotesques, and that lends to Gothic art its enduring vitality, this art being, one might fancy, especially the art of those whose minds have been troubled with the malady of reverie. Oscar Wilde
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It would leave no room for developments and I intend to develop in many directions. Oscar Wilde
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Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation. Oscar Wilde
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I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. Oscar Wilde
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Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing. Oscar Wilde
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That beauty which is meant by art is no mere accident of human life which people can take or leave, but a positive necessity of life if we are to live as nature meant us to, that is to say unless we are content to be less than men. Oscar Wilde
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Outcasts always mourn. Oscar Wilde
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Sooner or later we have all to pay for what we do. Oscar Wilde
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I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says. Oscar Wilde
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Miss Prism: Do not speak slightingly of the three-volume novel, Cecily. I wrote one myself in earlier days. Cecily: Did you really, Miss Prism? How wonderfully clever you are! I hope it did not end happily? I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much. Miss Prism: The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. Oscar Wilde
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How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in? Oscar Wilde
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Jack: Actually, I was found. Lady Bracknell: Found? Jack: Uh, yes, I was in... a handbag. Lady Bracknell: A handbag? Jack: Yes, it was... [makes gestures] Jack: an ordinary handbag. Oscar Wilde
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If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you. 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. Oscar Wilde
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Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. Oscar Wilde
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The great events of the world take place in the brain... Oscar Wilde
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Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation. Oscar Wilde
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To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde
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There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better. Oscar Wilde
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Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. 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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The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation. Oscar Wilde
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Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde
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