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Oscar Wilde


famous and familiar quotations
from the paragon of wit

 

  There is only one thing in the world that is worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
 
 

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    Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.
 

 

 
    I have nothing to declare except my genius.
 

 

 
    I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
 

 

 
    I can resist everything except temptation.
 

 

 
    The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
 

 

 
    It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.
 

 

 
    Give me the luxuries and I can dispense with the necessities.
 

 

 
    Death is the only thing that ever terrifies me. I hate it. One can survive everything nowadays except that.
 

 

 
    One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.
 

 

 
    No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
 

 

 
    Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
 

 

 
    He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
 

 

 
    I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked, and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
 

 

 
    If this is the way Queen Victoria treats her convicts she doesn't deserve to have any.
 

 

 
    I know not whether Laws be right,
Or whether Laws be wrong;
All that we know who be in jail
Is that the wall is strong;
And that each day is like a year,
A year whose days are long.
 

 

 
     The following quote is also to be found on our "Other" poetry insights page. This quotation is however wise rather than witty.
 
 
 

  The pure and simple Truth is rarely pure,
and never simple.  

 
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