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Quotes by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and Freemason.
Famous works include The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of being Earnest and Lady Windermere's Fan.

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

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

"I am not young enough to know everything."

"Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays."

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

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

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

"We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language."

"But what is the difference between literature and journalism?
...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all."

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

"The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional."

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

"I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse."

"He is really not so ugly after all, provided, of course, that one shuts one's eyes, and does not look at him."

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."

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

"My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go."

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