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OSCAR WILDE (OSCAR FINGAL O'FLAHERTIE WILLS WILDE)
Irish dramatist, poet and novelist, leader in esthetic movement
(1854 - 1900)
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Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life.
      - [Talent]

Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
      - [Questions]

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
      - [Quotations]

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.
      - [Religion]

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
      - [Scandal]

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
      - [Seriousness]

She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
      - [Beauty]

Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex.
      - [Pleasure]

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
      - [Happiness]

Starvation, not sin, is the parent of modern crime.
      - [Hunger]

Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.
      - [Conversation]

The basis for optimism is sheer terror.
      - [Optimism]

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
      - [Books]

The heart was made to be broken.
      - [Love]

The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.
      - [Marriage]

The only real people are the people who never existed.
      - [People]

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.
      - [Advice]

The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.
      - [Marriage]

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
      - [Temptation]

The play was a great success but the audience was a disaster.
      - [Theatre]

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
      - [Truth]

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
      - [Mystery]

The way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
      - [Temptation]

The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity.
      - [Fanaticism]

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
      - [Tragedy]


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