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Extraordinary thing about the lower classes in England - they are always losing their
relations. They are extremely fortunate in that respect.
Oscar Wilde

The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely
himself.
Oscar Wilde

Gossip is charming. History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
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Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older they
know it.
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I think that generosity is the essence of friendship.
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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing
else can bring.
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Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is
no less perfect than the last.
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Never speak disrespectfully of society. Only people who can't get into it do that.
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An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.
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Give children beauty, not the record of bloody slaughters and barbarous brawls, as they call
history, or of the latitude and longitude of places nobody cares to visit, as they call
geography.
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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
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Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
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If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
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Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.
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The worst thing you can do for a person of genius is to help him: that way lies his destruction.
I have had many devoted helpers - and you see the result.
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Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.
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Don't be led astray into the paths of virtue.
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The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses
all possible interest in life.
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One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one
that, would tell one anything.
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One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then life comes crowding into one
single hour.
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I shall never make a new friend in my life, though perhaps a few after I die.
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Women - sphinxes without secrets.
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Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life.
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It is the confession, not the priest that gives us absolution.
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One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an
interest to one's old age.
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It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing.
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It is because humanity has never known where it was going that it has never been able to
find its way.
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I don't desire to change anything in England except the weather.
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The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
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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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The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young
and grows old. That is life's tragedy.
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Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my life
- I have put only my talent into my works.
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I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.
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I dare say that if I knew him I should not be his friend at all. It is a very dangerous thing to
know one's friends.
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Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sexual selection, make
life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change.
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Genius is born, not paid.
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