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Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet [more author details]
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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
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.
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Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
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Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism (1881)
I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.
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Oscar Wilde, upon being told the cost of an operation

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