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  • 11.
    The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. letter, Aug. 16, 1890, to the editor of the Scots Observer. In answer to criticisms leveled at Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • 12.
    What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). From a letter to Lord Alfred Douglas following the scandal that ruined Wilde.
  • 13.
    No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, preface (1891).

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  • 14.
    Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.

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  • 15.
    I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.
  • 16.
    A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. De Profundis (1905). A letter to Lord Alfred Douglas following Wilde's trial and imprisonment, written in prison.

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  • 17.
    Mr. Whistler always spelt art, and we believe still spells it, with a capital "I."
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991). "The New President," Pall Mall Gazette (London, January 26, 1889).

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  • 18.
    Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.

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  • 19.
    I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.

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  • 20.
    Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).
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