Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish writer

Lived from: 1854-1900

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

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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.
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    As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
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    As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection.
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    Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.