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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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I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance.
      - [Ignorance]

I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.
      - [Invitation]

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

If one tells the truth, one is sure sooner or later to be found out.
      - [Truth]

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty.
      - [Poverty]

In a temple everything should be serious except the thing that is being worshiped.
      - [Religion]

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
      - [Adversaries]

In examinations, the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer.
      - [Questions]

In married life three is company and two none.
      - [Marriage]

Insincerity is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.
      - [Insincerity]

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
      - [Money]

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
      - [Art]

It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public.
      - [Journalists]

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
      - [Art]

Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
      - [Journalism]

Judges, like the criminal classes, have their lighter moments.
      - [Judges]

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

Life is far too important to be taken seriously.
      - [Life]

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
      - [Life]

Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.
      - [Marriage]

Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.
      - [Belief]

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

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
      - [Truth]

Marriage is the one subject on which all women agree and all men disagree.
      - [Marriage]

Married men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.
      - [Marriage]


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