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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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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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Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword! Some kill their love when they are young, And some when they are old; Some strangle with the hands of Lust, Some with the hands of Gold: The kindest use a knife, because The dead so soon grow cold. Some love too little, some too long, Some sell, and others buy; Some do the deed with many tears, And some without a sigh: For each man kills the thing he loves, Yet each man does not die. Oscar Wilde
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Lean on principles, one day they'll end up giving way. Oscar Wilde
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The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. Oscar Wilde
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Well I won't argue about the matter. You always want to argue about things. That is exactly what things were originally made for. Oscar Wilde
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The world belongs to the discontented. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde
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Just as the worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realized by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it, so, in the present state of things in England, the people who do most harm are the people who try to do most good. Oscar Wilde
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Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Oscar Wilde
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She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain. Oscar Wilde
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A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it. Oscar Wilde
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My friend is not allowed to go out today. I sit by his side and read him passages from his own life. They fill him with surprise. Everyone should keep someone else's diary; I sometimes suspect you of keeping mine. Oscar Wilde
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The only beautiful things are the things that do not concern us. Oscar Wilde
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Extravagance is the luxury of the poor; penury is the luxury of the rich. Oscar Wilde
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A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of herself. -Author Unknown As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. Oscar Wilde
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[T]he recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain, not growth its aim. So that man thought that the important thing is to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be. Oscar Wilde
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Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected. Oscar Wilde
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I'm sure I don't know half the people who come to my house. Indeed, from all I hear, I shouldn't like to. Oscar Wilde
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What between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up. That's all that can be said about land. Oscar Wilde
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Action is limited and relative. Unlimited and absolute is the vision of him who sits at ease and watches, who walks in loneliness and dreams. Oscar Wilde
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There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought. There is immoral emotion. Oscar Wilde
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And now, I am dying beyond my means. (Said while sipping champagne on his deathbed.) Oscar Wilde
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If only the picture could grow old, and I stay young. For that...for that, I would give my SOUL for that. Oscar Wilde
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Bigamy ? It's having one wife too much... ...Monogamy ? It's the same. Oscar Wilde
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Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones. Oscar Wilde
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Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them. The past, the present and the future are but one moment in the sight of God, in whose sight we should try to live. Time and space, succession and extension, are merely accidental conditions of thought. The imagination can transcend them. Oscar Wilde
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I could never quite accustom myself to absinthe, but it suits my style so well Oscar Wilde
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Every woman is wrong until she cries. Oscar Wilde
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A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime. Oscar Wilde
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When a man does exactly what a woman expects him to do she doesn't think much of him. One should always do what a woman doesn't expect, just as one should say what she doesn't understand. Oscar Wilde
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Though of all poses a moral pose is the most offensive, still to have a pose at all is something. Oscar Wilde
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I can't stand people that do not take food seriously. Oscar Wilde
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It is personalities not principles that move the age. Oscar Wilde
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If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart. Oscar Wilde
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It is absurd to say that there are neither ruins nor curiosities in America when they have their mothers and their manners. Oscar Wilde
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In England it is enough for a man to try and produce any serious, beautiful work to lose all his rights as a citizen. Oscar Wilde
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Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city. Oscar Wilde
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Always! That is the dreadful word ... it is a meaningless word, too. Oscar Wilde
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The only real people are the people who never existed. Oscar Wilde
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There are only two kinds of women, the plain and the coloured. Oscar Wilde
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No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! Oscar Wilde
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I should have remembered that when one is going to lead an entirely new life, one requires regular and wholesome meals. Oscar Wilde
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I am afraid he has one of those terribly weak natures that are susceptible to influence. Oscar Wilde
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Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art. ...because of the importance it places on the individual, their liberty, self-expression, creativity, and personal responsibility. Oscar Wilde
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The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. Oscar Wilde
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I asked the question for the best reason possible, for the only reason, indeed, that excuses anyone for asking any question - simple curiosity. Oscar Wilde
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It's tragic how few people ever 'possess their souls' before they die. 'Nothing is more rare in any man', says Emerson, 'than an act of his own.' It is quite true. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their life is a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde
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All criticism is a form of autobiography Oscar Wilde
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I drink to separate my body from my soul. Oscar Wilde
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