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Oscar Wilde
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I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simple beasts. Oscar Wilde
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A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten. Oscar Wilde
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I am afraid that woman appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated. Oscar Wilde
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Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Oscar Wilde
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He made me see what Life is, and what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both. Oscar Wilde
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I love the French language... it's a delightful language, especially to curse with. It's like whopping your ass with silk. Oscar Wilde
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It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love. Oscar Wilde
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Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities. Oscar Wilde
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For life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate in farce. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women...merely adored. Oscar Wilde
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There were times when it appeared to Dorian Gray that the whole of history was merely the record of his own life, not as he had lived it in act and circumstand, but as his imagination had created it for him, as it had been in his brain and in his passions. He felt that he had known them all, those strange terrible figures that had passed across the stage of the world and made sin so marvellous, and evil so full of subtlety. It seemed to him that in some mysterious way their lives had been his own. Oscar Wilde
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Children start out loving their parents, but as they grow older and discover their parents are human, they become judgmental. And sometimes, when they mature, they forgive their parents, especially when they discover they are also human. Oscar Wilde
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At six o'clock we cleaned our cells, At seven all was still, But the sough and swing of a mighty wing The prison seemed to fill, For the Lord of Death with icy breath Had entered in to kill. Oscar Wilde
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Every single work of art is the fulfillment of a prophecy; for every work of art is the conversion of an idea into an image. Oscar Wilde
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The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1.322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26.911 words. The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde
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I was saying, continued the Rocket, I was saying - What was I saying? You were talking about yourself, replied the Roman Candle.Of course; I knew I was discussing some interesting subject when I was so rudely interrupted. Oscar Wilde
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Life is like a box of terrible analogies... Oscar Wilde
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What is abnormal in Life stands in normal relations to Art. It is the only thing in Life that stands in normal relations to Art. Oscar Wilde
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I like my food dry. Not sick, not even dying, dead. Oscar Wilde
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On George Bernard Shaw An excellent man: he has no enemies, and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde
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Art persists, it timelessly continues. Oscar Wilde
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Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde
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Truth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. Oscar Wilde
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Lord Illingworth: The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. Mrs. Allonby: It ends with Revelations. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated. Oscar Wilde
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My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. Oscar Wilde
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The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty and to someone else if she is plain. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! That must be Aunt Augusta. Only relatives, or creditors, ever ring in that Wagnerian manner. Oscar Wilde
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As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg. Oscar Wilde
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A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection. 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. To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres. Oscar Wilde
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How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June.... If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that! Oscar Wilde
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Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age. I consider that for any man of culture to accept the standard of his age is a form of the grossest immorality. Oscar Wilde
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You can't make people good by Act of Parliament. Oscar Wilde
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One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox-the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde
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Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde
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Moderation is a fatal thing, Lady Hunstanton. Nothing succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde
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In all things connected with money I have had a luck so extraordinary that sometimes it has made me almost afraid. I remember having read somewhere, in some strange book, that when the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde
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Every American bride is taken there [Niagara Falls], 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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Mr. Whistler always spelt art, and we believe still spells it, with a capital 'I. Oscar Wilde
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When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. Oscar Wilde
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Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is one's self. Oscar Wilde
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All art is quite useless. So is a flower. Oscar Wilde
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Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it. Oscar Wilde
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He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. Oscar Wilde
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To many, no doubt, he will seem to be somewhat blatant and bumptious, but we prefer to regard him as being simply British. Oscar Wilde
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Whatever harsh criticisms may be passed on the construction of her sentences, she at least possesses that one touch of vulgarity that makes the whole world kin. Oscar Wilde
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What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing one can do with good advice is pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde
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Real beauty ends where an intellectual expression begins. Oscar Wilde
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Dear Frank, we believe you; you have dined in every house in London - once. Oscar Wilde
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London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognise them. They look so thoroughly unhappy. Oscar Wilde
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There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that. Oscar Wilde
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What a fuss people make about fidelity! 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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The fact is, you have fallen lately, Cecily, into a bad habit of thinking for yourself. You should give it up. It is not quite womanly.... Men don't like it. Oscar Wilde
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Must we really see Chicago in order to be educated? Oscar Wilde
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The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women... merely adored. Oscar Wilde
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There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
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Charity, dear Miss Prism, charity! None of us are perfect. I myself am peculiarly susceptible to draughts. Oscar Wilde
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Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime. Oscar Wilde
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A grapefruit is just a lemon that saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. Oscar Wilde
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Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. Oscar Wilde
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In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever. Oscar Wilde
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It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde
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America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde
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There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde
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When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde
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A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. Oscar Wilde
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I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde
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Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. Oscar Wilde
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