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Oscar Wilde quotes

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.

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

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

Hatred is blind, as well as love.