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Oscar Wilde Quotes


Irish playwright, poet and author of essays and novels.
(1854 - 1900)


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(A country where) the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
 

... 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.
 

...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
 

...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.
 

A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written.
[Pity]
 

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

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
[Cynicism]
 

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.
 

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
 

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

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

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

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
[Enemies]
 

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
[Thinking]
 

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
 

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
[Poetry]
 

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

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

A true friend stabs you in the front.
 

A true gentlemen is one who is never unintentionally rude.
 


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