Quotes by Oscar Wilde

quotes by Oscar Wilde

Best 1869 Quotes by Oscar Wilde

keep love in your he quote by oscar wilde

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

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in england an inven quote by oscar wilde

In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances, invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.

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education is an admi quote by oscar wilde

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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beauty is the only t quote by oscar wilde

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.

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between men and wome quote by oscar wilde

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

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Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.

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Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.

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I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

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Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.

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It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.

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No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.

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This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

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A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.

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In its primary aspect, a painting has no more spiritual message than an exquisite fragment of Venetian glass. The channels by which all noble and imaginative work in painting should touch the soul are not those of the truths of lives.

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One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.

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The mark of all good art is not that the thing done is done exactly or finely, for machinery may do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the workman's heart.

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Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

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A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.

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Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety and strangeness. Good people exasperate one's reason; bad people stir one's imagination.

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All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

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If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.

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If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame.

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If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

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Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

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The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.

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All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital.

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I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.

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Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

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Yes, there is a terrible moral in 'Dorian Gray' - a moral which the prurient will not be able to find in it, but it will be revealed to all whose minds are healthy. Is this an artistic error? I fear it is. It is the only error in the book.

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Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

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There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

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You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.

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What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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In designing the scenery and costumes for any of Shakespeare's plays, the first thing the artist has to settle is the best date for the drama. This should be determined by the general spirit of the play more than by any actual historical references which may occur in it.

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Perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to do is to choose a notable and joyous dress for men. There would be more joy in life if we were to accustom ourselves to use all the beautiful colours we can in fashioning our own clothes.

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Hatred is blind, as well as love.

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By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

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Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.

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Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

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Literature must rest always on a principle, and temporal considerations are no principle at all. For, to the poet, all times and places are one; the stuff he deals with is eternal and eternally the same: no theme is inept, no past or present preferable.

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Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

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Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods. Beauty is the symbol of symbols. Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing. When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-coloured world.

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The Lady's World' should be made the recognized organ for the expression of women's opinions on all subjects of literature, art and modern life, and yet it should be a magazine that men could read with pleasure.

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It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

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Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

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There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

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Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

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America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.

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It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

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When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.

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Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.

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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

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There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

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How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.

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When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

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The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

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One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

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To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

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There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

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There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.

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I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.

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The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

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Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

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All art is quite useless.

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There is no sin except stupidity.

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It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

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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.

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One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.

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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

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There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do by their foolish and random writing it would be impossible to overestimate - not to the artist, but to the public, blinding them to all but harming the artist not at all.

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Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it.

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

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Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

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I have a dining room done in different shades of white, with white cushions embroidered in yellow silk: the effect is absolutely delightful and the room beautiful.

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Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.

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I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

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Those whom the gods love grow young.

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

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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.

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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

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Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.

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I would have a workshop attached to every school, and one hour a day given up to the teaching of simple decorative arts. It would be a golden hour to the children.

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The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.

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I think it is perfectly natural for any artist to admire intensely and love a young man. It is an incident in the life of almost every artist.

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Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.

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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

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An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.

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I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

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Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

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In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor.

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Im Krieg machen die Starken die Schwachen zu Sklaven, im Frieden machen die Reichen die Armen zu Sklaven.

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The best way to make children good is to make them happy.

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Cuando quiero intensamente a una persona, no digo nunca su nombre a nadie. Es como ceder una parte de ella. He aprendido a amar en secreto.

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Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless

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A strange sense of loss came over him. He felt that Dorian Gray would never again be to him all that he had been in the past. Life had come between them.His eyes darkened, and the crowded, flaring streets became blurred to his eyes. When the cab drew up at the theatre, it seemed to him that he had grown years older.

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No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

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So the swallow flew over the great city, and saw the rich making merry in their beautiful houses, while the beggars were sitting at the gates. He flew into dark lanes, and saw the white faces of starving children looking out listlessly at the black streets

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Some red star had come too close to the earth.

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Hearts Live By Being Wounded

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It was always once springtime in my heart.

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You can have your secret as long as I have your heart[.]

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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.

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Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.

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One should always be in love. That's the reason one should never marry.

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Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.

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I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I'll certainly try to forget the fact.

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Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

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Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

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Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.

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The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding. The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. One should always be in love - that's the reason one should never marry.

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LADY BRACKNELLTo speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.

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Adevarul despre casatorie este acela ca te face sa nu mai fi egoist. Iar oamenii lipsiti de egoism sun incolori. Le lipseste individualitatea

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Of course married life is merely a habit, a bad habit. But then one regrets the loss even of one's worse habits.

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It is he who has broken the bond of marriage - not I. I only break its bondage.

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You don't seem to realise, that in married life three is company and two is none.

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Mary Farquhar, who always flirts with her own husband across the dinner-table. That is not very pleasant. Indeed, it is not even decent and that sort of thing is enormously on the increase. The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public

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No married man is ever attractive except to his wife.

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O wandering graves! O restless sleep!O silence of the sunless day!O still ravine! O stormy deep!Give up your prey! Give up your prey!

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And alien tears will fill for him pity's long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.

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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, becauseTHE DEAD SO SOON GROW COLD.

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He had uttered a mad wish that he himself might remain untarnished, and the face on the canvas bear the burden of his passions and his sins; that the painted image might be seared with the lines of suffering and thought, and that he might keep all the delicate bloom and loveliness of his then just conscious boyhood.

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From your silken hair to your delicate feet you are perfection to me. Pleasure hides love from us, but pain reveals it in its essence.

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The costume of the nineteenth century is detestable. It is so sombre, so depressing. Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life."

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One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason."

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Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern."

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I think thy spirit hath passed away From these white cliffs and high-embattled towers; This gorgeous fiery-coloured world of ours Seems fallen into ashes dull and grey"

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Even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others. Modern, no less then Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable."

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Are you very much in love with him?' he asked. She did not answer for some time, but stood gazing at the landscape.'I wish I knew' she said at last.He shook his head. -'Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.All ways end at the same point, my dear Gladys.'--'What is that?'-'Disillusion."

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Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful."

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A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?

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I could never quite accustom myself to absinthe, but it suits my style so well

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I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

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In England ... education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and would probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.

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I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.

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Full frontal nudity is reserved for Adam and Eve!

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Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.

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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.

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Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

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Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.

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The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.

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All art is immortal. For emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art, and emotion for the sake of action is the aim of life.

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I tried to visit Albania but I couldn't find it on the map.

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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.

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Be yourself, because others are already taken.

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Just be your self. Everybody else is already taken.

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When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.

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One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy.

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Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

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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.

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The ages live in history through their anachronisms.

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Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to mediaevalism.

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If there is anything more annoying in the world than having people talk about you, it is certainly having no one talk about you.

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Children have a natural antipathy to books- handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.

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I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting.

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True friends stab you in the front.

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Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

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The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.

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Varnishing is the only artistic process with which Royal Academicians are thoroughly familiar.

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He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.

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That very concentration of vision and intensity of purpose which is the characteristic of the artistic temperament is in itself a mode of limitation. To those who are preoccupied with the beauty of form nothing else seems of much importance.

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Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One

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I was very much disappointed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Algy, you always adopt a strictly immoral attitude towards life. You are not quite old enough to do that.

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Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

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I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.

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Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.

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Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

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Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life

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Bad manners make a journalist.

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How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.

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Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.

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I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.

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If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

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He is some brainless, beautiful creature, who should always be here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in the summer when we want something to chill our intelligence.

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I like looking at geniuses and listening to beautiful people.

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Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The only beautiful things are the things that do not concern us.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Even before I met you I was far from indifferent to you.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Young men want to be faithful, and are not. Old men want to be faithless, and cannot.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Who, being loved, is poor?

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I live in terror of not being misunderstood.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Nowadays, saying what you really think can be a serious error since one risks being misunderstood.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn't become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The best art is about individualism, free self-expression and realising a unique, imaginative perspective- A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The best revenge is to live well.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Bigamy ? It's having one wife too much... ...Monogamy ? It's the same.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage. They must also be extraordinarily stupid.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

If people were meant to be nude, they would have been born this way.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The Bostonians take their learning too sadly: culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their "Hub," as they call it, is the paradise of prigs.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The heart was made to be broken.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I like talking to a brick wall- it's the only thing in the world that never contradicts me!

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

All the spring may be hidden in the single bud, and the low ground nest of the lark may hold the joy that is to herald the feet of many rose-red dawns.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Just to let you know that the buffet car will be closing for stocktaking in five minutes. The next station stop is Chesterfield.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

He was a hero to his valet, who bullied him, and a terror to most of his relations, whom he bullied in turn. Only England could have produced him, and he always said that the country was going to the dogs. His principles were out of date, but there was a good deal to be said for his prejudices.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The 19thc hatred of Realism is Caliban's enraged reaction to seeing his own face in the mirror. The 19thc rejection of Romanticism is Caliban's fury at not seeing his face reflected in the mirror.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a fat missionary.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The Ideal Man should talk to us as if we were goddesses, and treat us as if we were children. He should refuse all our serious requests, and gratify every one of our whims. He should encourage us to have caprices, and forbid us to have missions. He should always say much more than he means, and always mean much more than he says.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The Governor was strong upon The Regulation Act: The Doctor said that Death was but A scientific fact: And twice a day the Chaplain called, And left a little tract.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The moon in her chariot of pearl

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

People are either charming or tedious.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Memory is the diary that chronicles things that never happened or couldn't possibly have happened.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Chrysanthemums from gilded argosy Unload their gaudy senseless merchandise.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The American father is never seen in London. He passes his life entirely in Wall Street and communicates with his family once a month by means of a telegram in cipher.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Society, civilized society at least, is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals, and, in its opinion, the highest respectability is of much less value than the possession of a good chef.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

How clever are you, my dear! You never mean a single word you say!

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled - because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won't be invited to cocktail parties.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

One should absorb the color of life.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Newspapers. . . give us the bald, sordid, disgusting facts of life. They chronicle, with degrading avidity, the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details. . .

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! -- hang him!

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

When I went to America I had two secretaries, one for autographs, one for locks of hair. Within six months the one had died of writer's cramp, the other was completely bald.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is a tiny yellow daffodil, The butterfly can see it from afar, Although one summer evening's dew could fill Its little cup twice over, ere the star Had called the lazy shepherd to his fold, And be no prodigal.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Tread Lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Reported as Oscar Wilde's last words on his death bed... This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has to go.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Life is the art of being well deceived, and to succeed, it must be habitual and uninterrupted.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Authority is quite degrading.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

We become lovers when we see Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet makes us students. The blood of Duncan is upon our hands, with Timon werage against the world, and when Lear wanders out upon the heath the terror of madness touches us. Ours is the white sinlessness of Desdemona, and ours, also, the sin of Iago.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Finding the meaning of life is easy. Simply get a dictionary, go to the 'L' section, and find the word 'life.'

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is [hu]man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Ones real life is often the life that one does not lead.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

But what is the good of friendship if one cannot say exactly what one means? Anybody can say charming things and try to please and to flatter, but a true friend always says unpleasant things, and does not mind giving pain. Indeed, if he is a really true friend he prefers it, for he knows that then he is doing good.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me quite nervous.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

If you want to be a doormat you have to lay yourself down first.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb. American novels, answered Lord Henry.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Oh, brothers! I don't care for brothers. My elder brother won't die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Her love was trembling in laughter on her lips.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant as the case may be.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Well, I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! what shall men say of thee, Before whose feet the worlds divide?

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The only horrible thing in the world is ennui.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigraph on his tombstone.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Early in life she had discovered the important truth that nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion; and by a series of reckless escapades, half of them quite harmless, she had acquired all the privileges of a personality.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

As it was, we always misunderstood ourselves and rarely understood others. Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Don't give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can't wear in the evening.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Extravagance is the luxury of the poor; penury is the luxury of the rich.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The fatal errors of life are not due to man's being unreasonable: an unreasonable moment may be one's finest moment. They are due to man's being logical.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

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A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

A flower blossoms for its own joy.

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The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.

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It is sweet to dance to violins When love and life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air!

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.

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Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.

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People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

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The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

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Yes, I am a thorough republican. No other form of government is so favorable to the growth of art.

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I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.

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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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

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I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fruitcake is like semen, there's a lot of it about but no one wants to swallow it

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Everything in moderation, including moderation.

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I can resist everything except temptation.

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There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

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Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.

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As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.

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I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

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And once, or twice, to throw the dice is a gentlemanly game, But he does not win who plays with Sin in the secret house of shame

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It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation of the world, whatever may be the explanation of the next.

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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.

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And the marvellous rose became crimson, like the rose of the eastern sky. Crimson was the girdle of petals, and crimson as a ruby was the heart

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God, bless me with luxury. Necessities I can do without.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.

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It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.

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The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are.

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A good friend will always stab you in the front.

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Married men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

History is merely gossip

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

A grapefruit is just a lemon that saw an opportunity and took advantage of it.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

All great ideas are dangerous.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

Anybody can sympathise with all the sufferings of the pal, nevertheless it involves an extremely great mother nature to sympathise by using a friend's achievement.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating.

Oscar Wilde (Source: SoberSides.com)</