Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish writer

Lived from: 1854-1900

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

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    A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.
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    A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.
    Source: The Importance of Being Earnest Act 3
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    Ah, nowadays we are all of us so hard up, that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They’re the only things we can pay.
    Source: Lady Windermere’s Fan (1893) First act
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    All art is quite useless.
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    All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.
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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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    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.