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523 Famous Quotes by Oscar Wilde
10/16/1854 - 11/30/1900
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde     Fingal O'Flahertie Wills     Oscar. Wilde
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The basis for optimism is sheer terror.

Optimism Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Passion Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.

Temptations Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Wickedness Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Wickedness Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Ability Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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In all pointed sentences some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.

Accuracy Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

Advice Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.

Age Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.

Bachelors Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.

Beliefs Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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To love one's self is the beginning of a life-long romance.

Conceit Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.

Confession Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Contradiction Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Cynicism Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.

Disgrace Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up.

Exploration Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Excess Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love's tragedies.

Faithfulness Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Fantasy Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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A fashion is merely a form of ugliness so unbearable that we are compelled to alter it every six months.

Fashion Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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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.

Goodness Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.

Husbands Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.

Jealousy Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.

Joy Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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