Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Irish writer

Lived from: 1854-1900

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

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    Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal.
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    Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
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    Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.
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    Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London.
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    For a sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.

    Source: De Profundis (1897)

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    For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners.
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    For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
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    For his mourners will be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.
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    Formerly we used to canonize our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.
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    Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses - once!
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    Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.
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    From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it.
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    Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
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    Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
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    Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak. They a