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Oscar Wilde

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Biography : Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet.
Born: 1854 - Died: 1900
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
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Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
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When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
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Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
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There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
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Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
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Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
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It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.
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I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
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Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
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Children begin by loving their parents after a time they judge them rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
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Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
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Health is the primary duty of life.
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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
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Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.
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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
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Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval.
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He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
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It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it.
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If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture.
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I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.
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Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.
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I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
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This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
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The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
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Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
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It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
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I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
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