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Oscar Wilde

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Biography - Oscar Wilde:

Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet.
Born: 1854 - Died: 1900
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray

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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.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray




Translation  

Translation

(French, German)


French
L'humanité se prend beaucoup trop au sérieux; c'est le péché originel du monde. Si les hommes des cavernes avaient su rire, l'Histoire serait bien différente.”
Oscar Wilde - Le portrait de Dorian Gray

German
Die Menschen nehmen sich selbst zu ernst. Das ist die Erbsünde der Welt. Hätte der Höhlenmensch zu lachen verstanden, wäre die Weltgeschichte anders verlaufen.”
Oscar Wilde - Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray




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Quotes for: laughter:


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We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed.”
Jean de La Bruyere
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The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed.”
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées
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It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.”
Katherine Mansfield
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The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.”
Richard Phillips Feynman
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A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Charlie Chaplin
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To laugh is proper to man.”
François Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel
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Quotes about history:


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Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.”
Aristotle
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Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.”
George Bernard Shaw
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What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - Lectures on the Philosophy of History
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What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.”
Victor Hugo
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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
George Bernard Shaw
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World history is the progress of the consciousness of freedom”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Quotes about human nature:


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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.”
Baruch Spinoza - Tractatus politicus
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I am human, and I think that nothing of that which is human is alien to me.”
Publius Terentius Afer - Heautontimoroumenos
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Man is by nature a political animal.”
Aristotle
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The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.”
Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Morals and Legislation
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Be humanity evermore our goal.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Oscar Wilde also said...


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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde
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When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.”
Oscar Wilde
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Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
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There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
Oscar Wilde
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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
Oscar Wilde
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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.”
Oscar Wilde
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