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Quotations From OSCAR WILDE

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  • 291.
    The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, ch. 1 (1891).

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  • 292.
    Wordsworth went to the Lakes, but he was never a lake poet. He found in stones the sermons he had already hidden there.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). Vivian, in The Decay of Lying, Intentions (1891). The words recall Shakespeare, As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 15-17: "And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything."
  • 293.
    The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Review of Laurence Binyon, Manmohan Ghose, Stephen Phillips and Arthur Cripps, Primavera: Poems, Pall Mall Gazette (London, May 24, 1890).
  • 294.
    I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The frog, in "The Remarkable Rocket," The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888).

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  • 295.
    I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Allonby, in A Woman of No Importance, act 4.
  • 296.
    To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 3. The quip had already appeared in Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, in Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).

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  • 297.
    A sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn't know the market price of any single thing.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3.
  • 298.
    A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895). The Fortnightly Review (Feb. 1891).

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  • 299.
    Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite moments.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Allonby, in A Woman of No Importance, act 2 (1893).

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  • 300.
    Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Fermor, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891). Lord Illingworth makes the same declaration in A Woman of No Importance (act 3), first performed three years after the publication of Dorian Gray.
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