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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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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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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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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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If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture... Oscar Wilde
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Women treat us [men] like humanity treats gods - they worship us and keep bothering us to do something. 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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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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I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde
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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Oscar Wilde
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The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it. Oscar Wilde
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Hatred is blind, as well as love. Oscar Wilde
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A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. Oscar Wilde
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The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. Oscar Wilde
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The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets that she took him. Oscar Wilde
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Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief. Oscar Wilde
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I was disappointed in Niagara - most people must be disappointed in Niagara. Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life. Oscar Wilde
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I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. Oscar Wilde
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By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me. Oscar Wilde
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Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians. Oscar Wilde
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A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on. Oscar Wilde
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Individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age. Oscar Wilde
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I don't like principles. I prefer prejudices. Oscar Wilde
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Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sensual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change. Oscar Wilde
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The sure way of knowing nothing about life is to try to make oneself useful. 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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The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great. Oscar Wilde
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Friendship never forgets. That is the wonderful thing about it. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing worse than being misquoted is being sentenced to two years' hard labour for buggery Oscar Wilde
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The only thing in the world worse than being Oscar Wilde is not being Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde
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And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring, And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar, And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. Oscar Wilde
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The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Oscar Wilde
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Tea is the only simple pleasure left to us. Oscar Wilde
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The trouble with women is, that when they grow up, they turn into their mothers. The trouble with men is, that they don't. Oscar Wilde
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Let me be surrounded by luxury, I can do without the necessities! Oscar Wilde
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People are either charming or tedious. 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 a brickbat. Oscar Wilde
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Disobedience is man's original virtue. Oscar Wilde
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Niagara Falls is simply a vast unnecessary amount of water going over the wrong way and then falling over unnecessary cliffs...The wonder would be if the water did not fall. Oscar Wilde
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Philanthropy [has become] simply the refuge of people who wish to annoy their fellow creatures. Oscar Wilde
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The poet is the supreme artist, for he is the master of colour and of form, and the real musician besides, and is lord over all life and all arts. Oscar Wilde
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