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Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet [more author details]
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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
The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891, preface
To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.
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Oscar Wilde, The Soul of a Man Under Socialism, 1881
In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.
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Oscar Wilde, The Soul of a Man Under Socialism, the works of Oscar Wilde ed. G., 1954
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