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The Best Oscar Wilde Quotes

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    Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

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    The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.

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    If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.

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    An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.

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    To be really mediæval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes.

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    If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

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    The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

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    I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

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    It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.

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    Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.

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    One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.

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    We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

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    Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.

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    Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

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    The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

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    None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.

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    I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.

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    The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.

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

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    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

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    Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.

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    It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.

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    Once can survive everything nowadays, except death.

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    Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

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    A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.