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Oscar Wilde
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Alas! it is a fearful thing To feel another's guilt! Oscar Wilde
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What a fuss people make about fidelity!" exclaimed Lord Henry. "Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. 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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When a golden girl can win Prayer from out the lips of sin, When the barren almond bears, And a little child gives away its tears, Then shall all the house be still And peace come to Canterville. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can have common sense, provided that they have no imagination. Oscar Wilde
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I quite agree with Dr. Nordau's assertion that all men of genius are insane, but Dr. Nordau forgets that all sane people are idiots. Oscar Wilde
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We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality. Oscar Wilde
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Moderation is a fatal thing. Enough is as bad as a meal. More than enough is as good as a feast. Oscar Wilde
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What a silly thing love is!' said the student as he walked away. 'It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. In fact, it is quite unpractical, and, as in this age to be practical is everything, I shall go back to philosophy and study metaphysics.' So he returned to his room and pulled out a great dusty book, and began to read. Oscar Wilde
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Thinking is wonderful, but the experience is even more wonderful. Oscar Wilde
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I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself. Sometimes I am so clever I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde
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Sometimes, the unnecessary is necessary. Oscar Wilde
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If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward. Oscar Wilde
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I hope to-morrow will be a fine day, Lane. It never is, sir. Lane, you're a perfect pessimist. I do my best to give satisfaction, sir. Oscar Wilde
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Sins of the flesh are nothing. They are maladies for physicians to cure, if they should be cured. Sins of the soul alone are shameful. Oscar Wilde
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Behind the perfection of a man's style, must lie the passion of a man's soul. Oscar Wilde
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Art, like Nature, has her monsters Oscar Wilde
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What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul. Oscar Wilde
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It was only in the theatre that I lived Oscar Wilde
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I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. Oscar Wilde
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Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow one another like the withered leaves of Autumn; but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity. Oscar Wilde
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Love will fly if held too lightly Love will die if held too tightly . . . Oscar Wilde
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I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse. Oscar Wilde
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You have killed my love. You used to stir my imagination. Now you don't even stir my curiosity. You simply produce no effect. I loved you because you were marvelous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realized the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art. You have thrown it all away. You are shallow and stupid Oscar Wilde
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Lord AUGUSTUS:(looking around) Time to educate yourself, I suppose. DUMBY: No, time to forget all I have learned. That is much more important. Oscar Wilde
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Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world. I cannot conceive of any other explanation. I am convinced that there is no other, and that if the world has indeed, as I have said, been built of sorrow, it has been built by the hands of love, because in no other way could the soul of man, for whom the world was made, reach the full stature of its perfection. Pleasure for the beautiful body, but pain for the beautiful soul. Oscar Wilde
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But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of 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. Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are! Except, of course, in the Church. But then in the Church they don't think. Oscar Wilde
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Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself. Oscar Wilde
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I have grown tired of the articulate utterances of men and things. The Mystical in Art, the Mystical in Life, the Mystical in Nature this is what I am looking for. It is absolutely necessary for me to find it somewhere. Oscar Wilde
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Yes, very sensible... People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame. Oscar Wilde
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We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body. Oscar Wilde
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It was you I thought of all the time, I gave to them the love you did not need: lavished on them a love that was not theirs. Oscar Wilde
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I cannot choose one hundred best books because I have only written five Oscar Wilde
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Circumstances should never alter principles! Oscar Wilde
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We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. Oscar Wilde
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The world seemed to me fine because you were in it, and goodness more real because you lived. Oscar Wilde
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Life is terrible. It rules us, we do not rule it. Oscar Wilde
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The honest ratepayer and his healthy family have no doubt often mocked at the dome-like forehead of the philosopher, and laughed over the strange perspective of the landscape that lies beneath him. If they really knew who he was, they would tremble. For Chuang Ts? spent his life in preaching the great creed of Inaction, and in pointing out the uselessness of all things. Oscar Wilde
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It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal. Oscar Wilde
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Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it. Oscar Wilde
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Nothing is so aggravating as calmness. There is something positively brutal about the good temper of most modern men. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, why will parents always appear at the wrong time? Some extraordinary mistake in nature, I suppose. Oscar Wilde
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Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing. Oscar Wilde
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Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. Oscar Wilde
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Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt. Oscar Wilde
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I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across... Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. The mortality among pianists in that place is marvellous. Oscar Wilde
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Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde
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Lady Bracknell. Good afternoon, dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving very well. Algernon. I'm feeling very well, Aunt Augusta. Lady Bracknell. That's not quite the same thing. In fact the two things rarely go together. Oscar Wilde
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Man is many things, but he is not rational. Oscar Wilde
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I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational. Oscar Wilde
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Human life-that appeared to him the one thing worth investigating. Compared to it there was nothing else of any value. It was true that as one watched life in its curious crucible of pain and pleasure, one could not wear over one's face a mask of glass, nor keep the sulphurous fumes from troubling the brain and making the imagination turbid with monstrous fancies and misshapen dreams. Oscar Wilde
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Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders. Oscar Wilde
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I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked. Oscar Wilde
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Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out. Oscar Wilde
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The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming. 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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Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different. Oscar Wilde
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Life is the art of being well deceived, and to succeed, it must be habitual and uninterrupted. Oscar Wilde
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I'll bet you anything you like that half an hour after they have met, they will be calling each other sister. Women only do that when they have called each other a lot of other things first. Oscar Wilde
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The sky was pure opal now. Oscar Wilde
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