Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest

"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing."

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."

Lady Windermere's Fan

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

"I can resist anything except temptation."

"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." (I)

"What was it that had happened? It is difficult to say, perhaps, by finding perfect expression for a passion I had exhausted the passion itself." (III)

"To die for one's theological beliefs is the worst use a man can make of his life, but to die for a literary theory! It seemed impossible." (III)

The Picture of Dorian Gray

"Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different."

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

"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing."

"You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

"Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes."

"The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."

"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all."


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