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Oscar Wilde quotes

Only the shallow know themselves.

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

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

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

When good Americans die they go to Paris.

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.