Oscar Wilde Quotes

In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Prince Paul, in Vera, or the Nihilists, act 3.
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Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. (repr. 1895). The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, February 1891).
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There is no sin except stupidity.
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. 2, Intentions (1891).
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One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 8.
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To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist—the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Prince Paul, in Vera, or The Nihilists (1880).
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It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes.
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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It is well for our vanity that we slay the criminal, for if we suffered him to live he might show us what we had gained by his crime.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891).
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She tried to found a salon, and only succeeded in opening a restaurant.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891). Of Lady Brandon.
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To have friends, you know, one need only be good-natured; but when a man has no enemy left there must be something mean about him.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Prince Paul, in Vera, or the Nihilists, act 2.
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In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895) Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).
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