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Oscar Wilde quotes

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

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.

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

I am not young enough to know everything.

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

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.

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.

There is no sin except stupidity.

Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.