Oscar Wilde Quotes

There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), AngloIrish playwright, author. Lecture 10, July 1883. "Personal Impressions of America." Wilde continued: "It was not until I had seen the water-works at Chicago that I realised the wonders of machinery; the rise and fall of the steel rods, the symmetrical motion of the great wheels is the most beautiful rhythmic thing I have ever seen."
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It is grossly selfish to require of one's neighbour that he should think in the same way, and hold the same opinions. Why should he? If he can think, he will probably think differently. If he cannot think, it is monstrous to require thought of any kind from him.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891, repr. 1895).
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Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).
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When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 6 (1891).
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In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilisation.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lecture, July 10, 1883. "Personal Impressions of America."
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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. (1895). "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).
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The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, Intentions (1891).
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We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 17 (1891).
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Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," Chameleon (London, December 1894).
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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Soul of Man under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, February 1890).
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