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Oscar Wilde quotes page 3

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
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To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
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Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
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Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant
lunatics. Just what Society should be.
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The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
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Women give to men the very gold of their lives. But they invariably want it back in small
change.
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Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
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None of us can stand other people who have the same faults as ourselves.
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Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
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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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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
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Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
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A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
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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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It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion,
which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.
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Life is never fair. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
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Men become old, but they never become good.
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Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for
one's own faults - ah! - there is the sting of life!
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If we men married the women we deserve we should have a very bad time of it.
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Oh, I'm so glad you've come. There are a hundred things I want not to say to you.
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The world has always laughed at its own tragedies, that being the only way in which it has
been able to bear them.
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England will never be civilized until she has added Utopia to her dominions.
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Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
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But the past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that
we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man
ought not to be. The future is what artists are.
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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
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It is always more difficult to destroy than to create, and when what one has to destroy is
vulgarity and stupidity, the task of destruction needs not merely courage but also contempt.
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Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
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I can resist anything except temptation.
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A woman's life revolves in curves of emotion. It is upon lines of intellect that a man's life
progresses.
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Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
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Geniuses... are always talking about themselves, when I want them to be thinking about me.
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To have been well brought up is a great drawback nowadays. It shuts one out from so much.
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She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign
of despair in a woman.
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Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.
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Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.
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