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 :: 1856-1900, British Author, Wit

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Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Self-expression]

 

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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Self-interest]

 

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Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Senses]

 

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A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sensitivity]

 

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A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sentiment]

 

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Life is too important to be taken seriously.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Seriousness]

 

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He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Silence]

 

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I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Simplicity]

 

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The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passion are for the great of souls. Great events can only be seen by people who are on a level with them. We think we can have our visions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing visions have to paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Simplicity]

 

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The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sin]

 

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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.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sin]

 

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There is no sin except stupidity.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sin]

 

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What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sin]

 

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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Sincerity]

 

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Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Skepticism]

 

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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 - [Sky]

 

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What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Slander]

 

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The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Slavery]

 

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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?
~ Oscar Wilde - [Smoking]

 

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To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Socializing and Socialism]

 

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