Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish writer

Lived from: 1854-1900

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

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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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    Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.
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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.
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    Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
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    Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
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    Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
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    Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them.
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    Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to.
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    Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.