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Oscar Wilde Quotes

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'A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing'

'A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally'

'A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal'

'A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.'

'A poet can survive everything but a misprint.'

'A true friend stabs you in the front.'

'A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.'

'All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life'

'America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between'

'Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.'

'Biography lends to death a new terror'

'Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.'

'Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people'

'Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught'

'Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.'

'Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.'

'Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life'

'I am not young enough to know everything.'

'I can resist everything except temptation.'

'I have nothing to declare except my genuis.'

'I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.'

'Illusion is the first of all pleasures.'

'It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious'

'It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.'

'Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead'

'Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.'

'Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed'

'Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.'

'One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.'

'One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.'

'Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.'

'Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.'

'Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both'

'Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.'

'The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world'

'The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything'

'The truth is rarely pure and never simple.'

'The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.'

'There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor'

'To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.'

'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.'

'When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.'

'Who, being loved, is poor?'

'Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.'

'Women are made to be loved, not understood.'

'Work is the curse of the drinking classes.'

'It is only the dull who like practical jokes'

'In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press'

'Whenever people talk to me about the weather I always feel certain that they mean something else'

'Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught'

'A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her'

Born in Dublin, Dublin
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