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Oscar Wilde quotes page 2

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
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A good friend will always stab you in the front.
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Paradoxically though it may seem, it is nonetheless true that life imitates art far more than
art imitates life.
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
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If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.
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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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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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Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is
through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through
rebellion.
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I never travel without my diary. One must always have something sensational to read on the
train.
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There is no sin except stupidity.
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After the first glass of absinthe, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you
see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most
horrible thing in the world.
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Who, being loved, is poor?
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Poets know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many
editions.
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Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.
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It is always nice to be expected and not to arrive.
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It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of
himself, can end sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.
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With regard to modern journalists, they always apologize to one in private for what they have
written against one in public.
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No man should have a secret from his wife - she invariably finds it out.
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The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect for
dyed hair.
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All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
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One should never take sides in anything. Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity and
earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore.
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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.
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Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
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We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it,
and consequently do not influence it.
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I may have said the same thing before... But my explanation, I am sure, will always be
different.
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The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.
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I am afraid that women 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.
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To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.
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Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.
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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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It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't
help it.
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