Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish writer

Lived from: 1854-1900

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

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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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    Between the famous and the infamous there is but one step.
    Source: De Profundis
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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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    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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    Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.
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    Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
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    Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
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    Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.
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    Culture depends on cookery. For myself, the only immortality I desire is to invent a new sauce.
    Source: Vera, or the Nihilists (1883)
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    Cynicism is knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.
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    Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.
    Source: The Canterville Ghost
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    Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.