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 :: 1856-1900, British Author, Wit

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All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Charm]

 

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All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Trials]

 

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Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Forgiveness]

 

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Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Ambition]

 

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America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
~ Oscar Wilde - [America]

 

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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
~ Oscar Wilde - [America]

 

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An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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An ordinary man away from home giving advice.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Experts]

 

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And now, I am dying beyond my means. [Sipping champagne on his deathbed]
~ Oscar Wilde - [Famous Last Words]

 

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And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, none knew so well as I: for he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Hypocrisy]

 

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Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Temptation]

 

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Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
~ Oscar Wilde - [History and Historians]

 

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Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Literature]

 

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Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Argument]

 

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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 - [Academia]

 

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Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Arts and Artists]

 

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As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Wickedness]

 

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As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Beggars]

 

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As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage. They must also be extraordinarily stupid.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Poverty and The Poor]

 

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As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
~ Oscar Wilde - [Daughters]

 

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