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Oscar Wilde

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Born Monday 16 October 1854, died Friday 30 November 1900

Professions: Dramatist, Playwright, Poet, Writer

Nationality: Irish

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Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.

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The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.

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It is always the unreadable that occurs.

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What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.

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Biography lends to death a new terror.

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Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.

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In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.

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It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.

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While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.

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There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.

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There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

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When good Americans die they go to Paris.

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Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

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In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.

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Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.

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The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.

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Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

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

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If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.

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It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

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