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Oscar Wilde quotes page 5

When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.
Oscar Wilde

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one
behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
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There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man
knows anything about.
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It is not the perfect but the imperfect who have need of love.
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Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after
dinner.
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I don't want money. It is only people who pay their bills who want that, and I never pay
mine.
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Punctuality is the thief of time - I am not punctual myself, but I do like punctuality in others.
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Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious; both are disappointed.
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Moderation is a sensible thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
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Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.
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It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
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The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
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Women are not meant to judge us, but to forgive us when we need forgiveness. Pardon, not
punishment, is their mission.
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Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
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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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Life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong
people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate
in farce.
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Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or nation.
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One should never pay too high a price for any sensation.
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There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being
talked about.
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One should believe evil of everyone, until, of course, people are found out to be good. But
that requires a great deal of investigation nowadays.
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Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too
late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
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It is personalities, not principles, that move the age.
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Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of
how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
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When men give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.
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Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly.
Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind
over morals.
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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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Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed.
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We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
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I wrote when I did not know life; now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no more to
write. Life cannot be written; life can only be lived.
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The newspapers chronicle with degrading avidity the sins of the second-rate, and with the
conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details of the doings of
people of absolutely no interest whatever.
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It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
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There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. A marriage in which there is
love, but on one side only.
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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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It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
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Young men want to be faithful and are not; old men want to be faithless and cannot.
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