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"I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world."

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"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."

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"Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement."

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"One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry."

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"One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation."

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"One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing."

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"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness."

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"Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul."

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"No man is rich enough to buy back his past."

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

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"It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information."

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"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

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"I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly."

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"I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex."

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"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

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"We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow."

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"One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards."

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"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess."

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"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."

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"The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray."

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"Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both."

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"Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected."

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"People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity."

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"There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else."

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"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

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"Biography lends to death a new terror."

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"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."

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"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

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"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."

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"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius."

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"To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up."

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"A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her."

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"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

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"The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

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"The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic."

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"The best way to make children good is to make them happy."

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"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

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"The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life."

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"The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it."

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"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."

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"The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them."

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"There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad."

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"They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins."

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"Those whom the gods love grow young."

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"Time is waste of money."

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"Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night."

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"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

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"We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities."

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"Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others."

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"While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at."

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"Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat."

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"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."

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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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"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter."

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"Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life."

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"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."

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"I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."

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"I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works."

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"In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience."

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"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating."

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"It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly."

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"In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one."

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

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"Misfortunes one can endure -- they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults -- Ah! there is the sting of life."

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"No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism."

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"One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be."

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"Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes."

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"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow."

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"Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others."

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"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live."

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"Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed."

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"One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead."

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"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike."

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"Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals."

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"It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone."

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"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."

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"I love acting. It is so much more real than life."

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

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"I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect."

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"Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching."

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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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"Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative."

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"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."

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"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it."

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"A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it."

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

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"All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life."

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

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"All art is quite useless."

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"Alas, I am dying beyond my means."

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"The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you."

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"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

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"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

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"...my dear boy, no woman is a genius. They are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals."

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"... Nature, whose sweet rains fall of just and unjust alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undetected. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole."

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"A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?"

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"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing."

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"A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do."

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"A kiss may ruin a human life"

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

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