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Quotations From OSCAR WILDE

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  • 271.
    It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891).

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  • 272.
    Yes; the public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891).
  • 273.
    We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, preface (1891).
  • 274.
    Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891).

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  • 275.
    Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 4.

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  • 276.
    All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). Wilde was tried for homosexual practices in 1895, and served a two-year sentence with hard labor, during which De Profundis—Wilde's letter of confession and reminiscence to his lover—was written.

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  • 277.
    Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 11 (1891).

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  • 278.
    When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.

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  • 279.
    When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 4.

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  • 280.
    Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "House Decoration," lecture, 1882, published in Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991).
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