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Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Oscar Wilde
October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900
Nationality: Irish
Category: Dramatist
Subcategory: Irish Dramatist

A true friend stabs you in the front.


What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.


Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means.


The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.


There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.


The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.


There is no sin except stupidity.


All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.


The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.


Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.


To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.


There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.


Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.


It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.


Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.


Work is the curse of the drinking classes.


A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.


I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.


Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.


Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.


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