Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish writer

Lived from: 1854-1900

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

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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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    As soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
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    As soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
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    Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.
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    Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.
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    Bad manners make a journalist.
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    Better the rule of One, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.
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    Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
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    But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself.

    Source: The picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

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    By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful.
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    Charity creates a multitude of sins.
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    Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely if ever do they forgive them.

    Source: A Woman of No Importance (1893)

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    Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
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    Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.