Oscar Wilde (Writer)

#1534 Oscar Wilde

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it. .

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#1535 Oscar Wilde

It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest. .

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#1536 Oscar Wilde

Action [...] is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. .

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#1537 Oscar Wilde

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence. .

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#1538 Oscar Wilde

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. .

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#1539 Oscar Wilde

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. .

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#1540 Oscar Wilde

It is to do nothing that the elect exist. 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. .

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#1541 Oscar Wilde

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. .

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#1542 Oscar Wilde

It is chiefly, I regret to say, through journalism that such people find expression. I regret it because there is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not. .

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#1543 Oscar Wilde

To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability. .

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#1544 Oscar Wilde

There is no sin except stupidity. .

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#1545 Oscar Wilde

Ah! Don't say you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. .

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#1546 Oscar Wilde

England has done one thing; it has invented and established Public Opinion, which is an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force. .

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#1547 Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. .

Oscar Wilde Quotes about men
#1548 Oscar Wilde

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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#1549 Oscar Wilde

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

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#1550 Oscar Wilde

Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay. .

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#1551 Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation. .

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#1552 Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it. .

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#1553 Oscar Wilde

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. .

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#1554 Oscar Wilde

My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all. .

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#1555 Oscar Wilde

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

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#1556 Oscar Wilde

My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's. .

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#1557 Oscar Wilde

Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. .

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#1558 Oscar Wilde

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

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#1559 Oscar Wilde

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. .

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#1560 Oscar Wilde

A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. [Answering the question, what is a cynic?] .

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#1561 Oscar Wilde

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. [First used by Wilde in .] .

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#1562 Oscar Wilde

I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not. .

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#1563 Oscar Wilde

What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us. .

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#1564 Oscar Wilde

The growing influence of women is the one reassuring thing in our political life. .

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#1565 Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Allonby: They say, Lady Hunstanton, that when good Americans die they go to Paris.Lady Hunstanton: Indeed? And when bad Americans die, where do they go to?Lord Illingworth: Oh, they go to America. .

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#1566 Oscar Wilde

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. .

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#1567 Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox — the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. .

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#1568 Oscar Wilde

Kelvil: May I ask, Lord Illingworth, if you regard the House of Lords as a better institution than the House of Commons?Lord Illingworth: A much better institution of course. We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body. .

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#1569 Oscar Wilde

Lord Illingworth: The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden.Mrs. Allonby: It ends with Revelations. .

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#1570 Oscar Wilde

Lady Hunstanton: But do you believe all that is written in the newspapers?Lord Illingworth: I do. Nowadays it is only the unreadable that occurs. .

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#1571 Oscar Wilde

Lord Illingworth: Women have become too brilliant. Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.Mrs. Allonby: Or the want of it in the man. .

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#1572 Oscar Wilde

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

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#1573 Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed. .

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#1574 Oscar Wilde

I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living. .

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#1575 Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing, Lady Hunstanton. Nothing succeeds like excess. .

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#1576 Oscar Wilde

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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#1577 Oscar Wilde

Children love their parents. Eventually they come to judge them. Rarely do they forgive them. .

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#1578 Oscar Wilde

First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894) .

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#1579 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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#1580 Oscar Wilde

The English are always degrading truths into facts. When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value. .

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#1581 Oscar Wilde

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

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#1582 Oscar Wilde

The only link between Literature and the Drama left to us in England at the present moment is the bill of the play. .

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#1583 Oscar Wilde

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. .

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