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Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

A master of the epigram, Oscar Wilde quotes are some of the most witty and clever of our time. The talented Irish author and playwright of societal comedies such as "The Ideal Husband" and the classic "Importance of Being Ernest", was prolific in his ability to observe life in wry and amusing ways. Tragically, his comment, "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you" was a precursor to his imprisonment on sodomy charges, the harsh conditions of which led to his illness and death. Oscar Wilde quotes are perceptive, playful and priceless, begging the question - is it true that life follows art, or the other way around?

Date of Birth: October 16, 1854
Date of Death: November 30, 1900


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Oscar Wilde

"Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity." Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

"Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman." Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

"Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

"People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all." Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

"He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone." Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

"Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets." Oscar Wilde

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"I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering." Oscar Wilde

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"You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done." Oscar Wilde

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"The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth." Oscar Wilde

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"The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature." Oscar Wilde

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"Cultivated leisure is the aim of man." Oscar Wilde

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"He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about." Oscar Wilde

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"The fact is, the public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities. They use them as bludgeons for preventing the free expression of Beauty in new forms." Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

"Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years." Oscar Wilde

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"A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude." Oscar Wilde

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"Pardon me, you are not engaged to any one. When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself." Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

"They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not." Oscar Wilde

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"Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night." Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

"To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture." Oscar Wilde

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"How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say." Oscar Wilde

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"The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it." Oscar Wilde

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