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Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.
Oscar Wilde
In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances, invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.
Oscar Wilde
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
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When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
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Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Oscar Wilde
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
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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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As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
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Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety and strangeness. Good people exasperate one's reason; bad people stir one's imagination.
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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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It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
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Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
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He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
Oscar Wilde
In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
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By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
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The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
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If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
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You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.
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There is no sin except stupidity.
Oscar Wilde
There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do by their foolish and random writing it would be impossible to overestimate - not to the artist, but to the public, blinding them to all but harming the artist not at all.
Oscar Wilde
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