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a cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? - Oscar Wilde
always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much - Oscar Wilde
anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend\'s success - Oscar Wilde
as long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular - Oscar Wilde
duty is what one expects from others - Oscar Wilde
education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught - Oscar Wilde
everything is dangerous. If it wasn\'t so, life wouldn\'t be worth living - Oscar Wilde
experience is simply the name we give our mistakes - Oscar Wilde
having had a good upbringing nowadays is a great disadvantage as it excludes you from so many things - Oscar Wilde
I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don\'t talk politics - Oscar Wilde
I am not young enough to know everything - Oscar Wilde
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable - Oscar Wilde
I delight in men over seventy, they always offer one the devotion of a lifetime - Oscar Wilde
I do not believe in miracles. I\'ve seen too many of them - Oscar Wilde
I have simple tastes. I am always satisfied with the best - Oscar Wilde
I like talking. A lot of times I talk to myself, just to hear myself talk. Sometimes I am so clever that even I don\'t understand what I said - Oscar Wilde
if you want to know what a woman really means, look at her, don\'t listen to her - Oscar Wilde
in fact, I usually say what I really think. A great mistake nowadays. It makes one so liable to be misunderstood - Oscar Wilde
in matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing - Oscar Wilde
in this world there are only two tragedies; one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it - Oscar Wilde
it is because humanity didn\'t know where it was going that it managed to find its path - Oscar Wilde
it is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always absolutely valueless - Oscar Wilde
it is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things behind one\'s back that are absolutely and entirely true - Oscar Wilde
love is not blind, it is far-sighted: the proof lies in the fact that it begins to see defects as they gradually slip away - Oscar Wilde
man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason - Oscar Wilde
never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway - Oscar Wilde
oh! don\'t use big words. They mean so little - Oscar Wilde
one should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry - Oscar Wilde
one should always play fairly when one has the winning cards - Oscar Wilde
one\'s real life is often the life that one does not lead - Oscar Wilde
people are divided into two groups - the righteous and the unrighteous - and the righteous do the dividing - Oscar Wilde
pessimist: one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both - Oscar Wilde
Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force - Oscar Wilde
selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live - Oscar Wilde
sometimes we can spend years without living at all, and suddenly our whole life is concentrated in a single instant - Oscar Wilde
the great events of the world take place in the brain - Oscar Wilde
the only mission the working class has is to set a good example - Oscar Wilde
the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing - Oscar Wilde
the secret of happiness is to yield to temptations - Oscar Wilde
there are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up - Oscar Wilde
there is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about - Oscar Wilde
there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about - Oscar Wilde
there is something tragic in the fact that as soon as man had invented a machine to do his work he began to starve - Oscar Wilde
this suspense is terrible. I hope it will last - Oscar Wilde
we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, the language
we must be modest and at the same time realise that others are inferior to us - Oscar Wilde
when the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers - Oscar Wilde
whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong - Oscar Wilde
who, being loved, is poor? - Oscar Wilde
women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects - Oscar Wilde
work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do (Oscar Wilde)
you only have to improve a person to ruin him - Oscar Wilde
young people nowadays assume that money is everything, and when they get older they know it - Oscar Wilde