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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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With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.
      - [Apparel]

Women are made to be loved, not understood.
      - [Women]

Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.
      - [Women]

Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them, women will forgive them anything, even their gigantic intellects.
      - [Love]

Work is the curse of the drinking class.
      - [Work]

Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it.
      - [Money]

The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.
      - A Woman of No Importance [Soul]

The youth of America is their tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
      - A Woman of No Importance (act I) [America]

Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity.
      - An Ideal Husband (act II) [Stupidity]

Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is onself.
      - An Ideal Husband (act III) [Society]

But when they had unloosed the linen band,
  Which swathed the Egyptian's body,--lo! was found,
    Closed in the wasted hollow of her hand,
      A little seed, which, sown in English ground,
        Did wondrous snow of starry blossoms bear,
          And spread rich odours through our springtide air.
      - Athanasia (st. 2) [Flowers]

Set in this stormy Northern sea,
  Queen of these restless fields of tide,
    England! What shall men say of thee.
      Before whose feet the worlds divide?
      - Ave Imperatrix [England]

Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
  By each let this be heard,
    Some do it with a bitter look,
      Some with a flattering word,
        The coward does it with a kiss,
          The brave man with a sword.
      - Ballad of Reading Gaol [Crime]

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.
      - De Profundis [Sorrow]

There are only two kinds of women, the plain and the coloured.
      - Dorian Gray (ch. III) [Women]

I have my beauty,--you your Art--
  Nay, do not start:
    One world was not enough for two
      Like me and you.
      - Her Voice [World]

The wild Bee reels from bough to bough
  With his furry coat and his gauzy wing,
    Now in a lily cup, and now
      Setting a jacinth bell a-swing,
        In his wandering.
      - Her Voice [Bees]

Chrysanthemums from gilded argosy
  Unload their gaudy senseless merchandise.
      - Humanitad (st. 11) [Chrysanthemums]

Ah! somehow life is bigger after all
  Than any painted angel could we see
    The God that is within us!
      - Humanitad (st. 60) [Life]

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his.
      - Importance of Being Earnest (act I)
        [Motherhood]

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
      - Importance of Being Earnest (act II)
        [Hypocrisy]

The yellow fog came creeping down
  The bridges, till the houses' walls
    Seemed changed to shadows, and St. Paul's
      Loomed like a bubble o'er the town.
      - Impression du Matin [Morning]

Her ivory hands on the ivory keys
  Strayed in a fitful fantasy,
    Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees
      Rustle their pale leaves listlessly
        Or the drifting foam of a restless sea
          When the waves show their teeth in the flying breeze.
      - In the Gold Room--A Harmony [Music]

As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
      - Intentions [War]

As a pomegranate, cut in twain,
  White-seeded is her crimson mouth.
      - La Bella Donna della Mia Mente [Mouth]


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