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Oscar Wilde

[1854-1900]

           Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author, known for his witty epigrams, his flamboyant dress & behavior, and for the tragic final chapters of his life.

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Complete Works of Oscar Wilde in Kindle format from Delphi Classics  "Complete Works of Oscar Wilde" for Kindle [2011]
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [4/2011] for $1.99
includes: ten stageplays, Complete Poetry {chronological index, aphabetical index}, novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" [1890] {3 versions}, three short story collections, 20 non-fiction works, journalism, and biographies by Frank Harris, George Bernard Shaw, and Edgar Saltus


“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”  {Issue #45}
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“Murder is always a mistake – one should never do anything [that] one cannot talk about after dinner.”
(in "The Picture of Dorian Gray", 1891)  {blog 12/2007}
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“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”  {blog 9/2008}
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“The trouble with socialism is that it would take too many evenings.”  {blog 2/2009}
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“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.”  {blog 4/2009}
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“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”  {blog 9/2009}
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“Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day
that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.”  {blog 10/2009}
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“With an evening coat and a white tie, even a stockbroker can gain a reputation
for being civilized.”  {blog 11/2009}
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“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”  {blog 1/2010}
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“The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.”  {blog 7/2010}
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“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”  {blog 10/2010}
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“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”  {blog 3/2011}
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“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that
nothing worth knowing can be taught.”  {blog 8/2011}
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“All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment.”  {blog 9/2011}
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“An idea that isn't dangerous is hardly worth calling an idea at all.”  {blog 10/2011}
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“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”  {blog 10/2011}
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“When I am happy I am always good, but when I am good I am seldom happy.”  {blog 1/2012}
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“When I was young, I used to think that money was the most important thing in life.
Now that I'm old, I know it is.”  {blog 5/2012}
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“To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled
into security is to die.”  {blog 6/2012}
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“Forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them more.”  {blog 6/2012}
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”  {blog 11/2016}
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“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”  {blog 9/2012}
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“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”  {blog 11/2012}
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“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.”  {blog 11/2012}
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“True friends stab you in the front.”  {blog 12/2012}
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“Experience is the name [that] so many people give to their mistakes.”  {blog 5/2013}
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“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”  {blog 12/2013}
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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
- in "Lady Windermere’s Fan" (1892 stageplay)  {blog 8/2014}
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“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”  {blog 9/2014}
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“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”  {blog 6/2015}
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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  {blog 7/2015}
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“Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.”  {blog 10/2015}
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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
— in the 1893 stageplay "A Woman of No Importance"  {blog 12/2015}
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“A visionary is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.”  {blog 2/2016}
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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”  {blog 10/2016}
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“The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.”  {blog 11/2016}
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“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”  {blog 3/2017}
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“I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.”  {blog 4/2017}

Oscar Wilde Quotations Not Yet Used on the Blog

"Luxury is the opposite of mediocrity."

"I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."

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