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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.

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

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.

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.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.

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

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

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.

If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.