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Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet [more author details]
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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
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Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, part 2, 1891
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
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Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, part 2, 1891
Do not speak ill of society, Algie. Only people who can't get in do that.
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Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
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Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I
To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
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Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
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Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 3
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
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Oscar Wilde, The Model Millionaire, 1912
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
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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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
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