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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

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


Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.


It is always the unreadable that occurs.


If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.


These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing.


Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.


The truth is rarely pure and never simple.


Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.


Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.


Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.


The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.


There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.


It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly.


Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.


A poet can survive everything but a misprint.


A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.


Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.


An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.


It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.


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