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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish essayist, novelist, playwright and poet.

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1. “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Quoted in "Oscar Wilde, an idler's impression" by Edgar Saltus (Chicago Brothers of the Book, 1917, p20).

2. “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Decay of Lying (1889): online text

3. “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part II

4. “A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part II

5. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894): First published in the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon (December 1894); full text online

6. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

7. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Gwendolen, Act II.

8. “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source and Related Info: "The Relation of Dress to Art," The Pall Mall Gazette (February 28, 1885)
• reprinted in Aristotle at Afternoon Tea:The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991).

9. “It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Model Millionaire, 1912.

10. “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Lord Darlington, Act I.

11. “The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894): First published in the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon (December 1894); full text online

12. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Lord Goring, Act III.

13. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Lord Darlington, Act III.

14. “Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Woman of No Importance (1893) Lord Illingworth, Act III.

15. “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889).

16. “We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Canterville Ghost (1887).

17. “‘She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses,’ cried the young Student; ‘but in all my garden there is no red rose.’”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) "The Nightingale and the Rose"

18. “I can resist everything except temptation.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Lord Darlington, Act I.

19. “In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Mr. Dumby, Act III.

20. “Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely if ever do they forgive them.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Woman of No Importance (1893) Mrs. Arbuthnot, Act IV

21. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: De Profundis (1897)

22. “Those whom the gods love grow young.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894): First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894); full text online A humorous reference to Menander's "ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [whom the gods love dies young]".

23. “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part II

24. “Divorces are made in Heaven.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

25. “Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Miss Prism, Act II.

26. “Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Lady Bracknell, Act III.

27. “Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword!”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. I, st. 7.

28. “The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Salomé'' (1893).

29. “One can survive everything nowadays except death.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Oscariana (1907).

30. “Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Lord Darlington, Act II.

31. “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Miss Prism, Act II.

32. “There is no sin except stupidity.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part II

33. “Only the shallow know themselves.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894): First published in the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon (December 1894); full text online

34. “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Cecily, Act II.

35. “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Mrs Chevely, Act I.

36. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

37. “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Decay of Lying (1889): online text

38. “My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Cecil Graham, Act III.

39. “Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Mrs. Cheveley, Act III.

40. “A poet can survive everything but a misprint.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: "The Children of the Poets," The Pall Mall Gazette (October 14, 1886).

41. “As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part II

42. “A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

43. “How else but through a broken heart May Lord Christ enter in?”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. V, st. 14.

44. “Tread Lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Requiescat, st. 1 (1881).

45. “Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part I

46. “I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Lady Bracknell, Act I.

47. “To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Lady Bracknell, Act III.

48. “I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. I, st. 3.

49. “And alien tears will fill for him Pity's long-broken urn, For his mourners will be outcast men, And outcasts always mourn.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. IV, st. 23 -- Wilde's epitaph.

50. “Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894): First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894); full text online

51. “It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894): First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894); full text online

52. “In married life, three is company, and two is none.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

53. “Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

54. “I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Lord Goring, Act I.

55. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

56. “The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one’s clean linen in public.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

57. “An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant as the case may be.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Lady Bracknell, Act I.

58. “Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Lady Bracknell, Act III.

59. “If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Gwendolen, Act III.

60. “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

61. “I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source and Related Info: J’ai mis tout mon génie dans ma vie; je n’ai mis que mon talent dans mes œuvres.
• Conversation with André Gide in Algiers, quoted in letter by Gide to his mother (30 January 1895); popularized by Gide and often subsequently quoted in Gide’s later work and in "Gide, André (1869-1951)" at Standing Ovations ; the conversation was again recalled in Gide’s journal of (3 July 1913), quoted in “André Gide’s ‘Hommage à Oscar Wilde’ or ‘The Tale of Judas’”, Victoria Reid (University of Glasgow, UK), Chapter 5 in Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe, edited by Stefano Evangelista (8 July 2010) part of a Continuum series The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe, ISBN 978-1-84706005-1, pp. 98–99, also footnote 6 (p. 99), quoting 1996 edition of Gide’s journal, pp. 746–47]

62. “I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Mr. Dumby, Act II.

63. “The English country gentleman galloping after a fox — the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Woman of No Importance (1893) Lord Illingworth, Act I.

64. “Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894): First published in the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon (December 1894); full text online

65. “Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

66. “It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

67. “Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Lord Goring, Act III.

68. “Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: De Profundis (1897)

69. “Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.”

—Oscar Wilde

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70. “I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

71. “Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source and Related Info: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Lord Darlington, Act I
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72. “If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.”

—Oscar Wilde

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73. “Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

74. “Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Lord Goring, Act II.

75. “Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: "A New Calendar," The Pall Mall Gazette (February 17, 1887).

76. “I really don’t see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

77. “My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Jack, Act I.

78. “I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Lady Bracknell, Act I.

79. “When a voice behind me whispered low, ‘That fellow's got to swing.’”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. I, st. 4.

80. “Experience, the name men give to their mistakes.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Vera; or, The Nihilists (1880): online text

81. “Ah! That must be Aunt Augusta. Only relatives, or creditors, ever ring in that Wagnerian manner.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

82. “I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. V, st. 1.

83. “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part I

84. “The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Woman of No Importance (1893) Lord Illingworth, Act I.

85. “The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Woman of No Importance (1893) Lord Illingworth, Act III.

86. “The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Cecily, Act II.

87. “It is sweet to dance to violins When Love and Life are fair: To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes Is delicate and rare: But it is not sweet with nimble feet To dance upon the air!”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. II, st. 9.

88. “The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man That wastes and withers there; Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate And the Warder is Despair.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. V, st. 5.

89. “And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity's machine.”

—Oscar Wilde

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90. “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.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Canterville Ghost (1887).

91. “Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part I

92. “What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Lady Windermere, Act IV

93. “Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894): First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894); full text online

94. “Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894): First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894); full text online

95. “One should always be a little improbable.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894): First published in the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon (December 1894); full text online

96. “I hear her hair has turned quite gold from grief”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

97. “The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man. And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not?”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Gwendolen, Act II.

98. “I've now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Jack, Act III.

99. “The only possible society is oneself.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Lord Goring, Act III.

100. “There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

101. “In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.”

—Oscar Wilde

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102. “The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

103. “It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889), p. 5.

104. “Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) "The Remarkable Rocket".

105. “One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part II

106. “In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894): First published in the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon (December 1894); full text online

107. “Time is a waste of money.”

—Oscar Wilde

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108. “With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

109. “Something was dead in each of us, And what was dead was Hope.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. III, st. 29.

110. “And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, None knew so well as I: For he who lives more lives than one More deaths than one must die.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) Pt. III, st. 35.

111. “Lo! with a little rod I did but touch the honey of romance — And must I lose a soul's inheritance?”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Helas!, l. 12-14 (1881).

112. “Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Vera; or, The Nihilists (1880): online text

113. “His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Decay of Lying (1889): online text A reference to George Meredith's style.

114. “My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Cecil Graham, Act II.

115. “Charity creates a multitude of sins.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

116. “'Know thyself' was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, 'Be thyself' shall be written.”

—Oscar Wilde

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117. “The supreme vice is shallowness.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: De Profundis (1897)

118. “All trials are trials for one’s life, just as all sentences are sentences of death;”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: De Profundis (1897)

119. “And down the long and silent street, The dawn, with silver-sandalled feet, Crept like a frightened girl.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Harlot's House, st. 12 (1885).

120. “All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: "The Portrait of Mr. W. H.," Blackwood's Magazine, July 1889

121. “The more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art really reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious crudities, her extraordinary monotony, her absolutely unfinished condition.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Intentions (1891).

122. “All art is immoral.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Intentions (1891).

123. “le mystère de l'amour est plus grand que le mystère de la mort.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Wikiquote: "Oscar Wilde" (Quotes)

124. “I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Written in a letter from Reading Prison to Lord Alfred Douglas in early 1897.

125. “People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Letter from Paris (May 1900).

126. “It is always the unreadable that occurs.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Decay of Lying (1889): online text

127. “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.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Lord Darlington, Act I.

128. “Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) Cecil Graham, Act III.

129. “The English are always degrading truths into facts. When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894): First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894); full text online

130. “In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.”

—Oscar Wilde

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131. “The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. The only thing that can console one for being rich is economy.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894): First published anonymously in the Saturday Review (17 November 1894); full text online

132. “The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty and to someone else if she is plain.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): Full text online Algernon, Act I.

133. “Science can never grapple with the irrational. That is why it has no future before it, in this world.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Mrs Cheveley, Act I.

134. “Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source and Related Info: An Ideal Husband (1895) Mrs Cheveley, Act I
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135. “I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: An Ideal Husband (1895) Lord Goring, Act IV.

136. “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.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

137. “Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895): online text

138. “It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: De Profundis (1897)

139. “Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Intentions (1891).

140. “Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: Quoted by Alvin Redman in The Epigrams of Oscar Wilde (1952).

141. “Meredith is a prose Browning, and so is Browning. He used poetry as a medium for writing in prose.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part I

142. “There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other—by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part I

143. “Oh! journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.”

—Oscar Wilde

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Source: The Critic as Artist (1891): online text, Part I

144. “I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.”

—Oscar Wilde

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