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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

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.


Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.


One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.


One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.


No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.


Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.


Charity creates a multitude of sins.


Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.


The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.


If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.


Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.


Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.


Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.


It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.


The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.


Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.


Why was I born with such contemporaries?


A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.


Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.


The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.


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