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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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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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To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.

Laziness Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Loyalty Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Martyrs Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Maturity Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Moderation Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Mothers Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

Punishment Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.

Purity 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.

Quotes Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Senses Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Sin Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Sincerity Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you.

Tact Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Taxes Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style.

Tragedy Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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

Truth Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Unworthy Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored.

Women Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Foxhunting... the unspeakable pursuing the inedible.

Advice / experience / wisdom 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 / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

Christianity Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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And thus we rust Life's iron chain Degraded and alone: And some men curse, and some men weep, And some men make no moan: But God's eternal Laws are kind And break the heart of stone. And every human heart that breaks, In prison-cell or yard, Is as that broken box that gave Its treasure to the Lord, And filled the unclean leper's house With the scent of costliest nard. Ah! happy they whose hearts can break And peace of pardon win! How else may man make straight his plan And cleanse his soul from sin? How else but through a broken heart May Lord Christ enter in?

Christianity Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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Feast of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170 Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach Thy hand For I am drowning in a stormier sea Than Simon on the the lake of Galilee: The wine of life is spilt upon the sand, My heart is as some famine-murdered land Whence all good things have perished utterly, And well I know my soul in Hell must lie If I this night before God's throne must stand. "He sleeps perchance, or rideth to the chase, Like Baal, when his prophets holed that name From morn to noon on Carmel's smitten height." Nay, peace! I shall behold, before the night, The feet of brass, the robe more white than flame, The wounded hands, the weary human face.

Christianity Quotes, by Oscar Wilde

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