Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish writer

Lived from: 1854-1900

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

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    All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.
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    All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his.
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    All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
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    Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
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    America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
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    An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
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    Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.
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    Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.

    Source: The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891)

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    Anyone looking for a beautiful woman, good and intelligent, do not try one but three.
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    Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
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    Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
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    Art only begins where Imitation ends.

    Source: De Profundis (1905)

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    Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.
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    As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.
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    As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.