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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
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“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
Oscar Wilde
“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
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“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
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“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Oscar Wilde
“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories
“Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.”
Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
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“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
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“I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
Oscar Wilde
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
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“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”
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“I am not young enough to know everything.”
Oscar Wilde
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“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
Oscar Wilde
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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“The heart was made to be broken.”
Oscar Wilde
“You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
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“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
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“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
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“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
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“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
“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.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

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