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Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet [more author details]
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Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons.
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Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
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Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
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Oscar Wilde, In Life of Oscar Wilde, H. Pearson
One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.
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Oscar Wilde, L'Envoi, 1882
Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan
My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892
I can resist anything but temptation.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III
Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
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Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III
Only the shallow know themselves.
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Oscar Wilde, Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, 1882
Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there.
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Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
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Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost, 1882
To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
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Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
But what is the difference between literature and journalism?
...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
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Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
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Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
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Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891
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