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Oscar Wilde quotes page 4

The thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any good to oneself.
Oscar Wilde

A good reputation is one of the many annoyances to which I have never been subjected.
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There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
That is all.
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The value of the telephone is the value of what two people have to say.
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I am sick of women who love me. Women who hate me are much more interesting.
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She'll never love you unless you are always at her heels; women like to be bothered.
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It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves.
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I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. They have
not got the charm of novelty.
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I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.
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One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
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Don't be conceited about your bad qualities. You may lose them as you grow old.
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I think that it is better to be beautiful than to be good. But on the other hand, no one is
more ready than I am to acknowledge that it is better to be good than to be ugly.
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I rely on you to misinterpret me.
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One should always play fairly - when one has the winning cards.
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Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange
surrender.
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The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of man is great.
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I don't like principles... I prefer prejudices.
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I don't know that women are always rewarded for being charming. I think they are usually
punished for it!
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The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.
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Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything,
even our own gigantic intellects.
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A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.
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The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always
gives himself for doing them.
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Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to oblivion. They never paint what they see.
They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.
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The aim of most of our modern novelists seems to be, not to write good novels, but to write
novels that will do good.
Oscar Wilde

It is much more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it. In the sphere of actual life that is
of course obvious. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
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To get back one's youth, one has merely to repeat one's follies.
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One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.
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No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
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I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated
seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.
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There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover,
and her future invaribly her husband.
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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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Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to
sympathize with a friend's success.
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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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There is no sin except stupidity.
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I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
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Journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.
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