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Oscar Wilde quotes

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.

One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.