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Oscar Wilde

1854-1900. Irish poet and dramatist.

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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.

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One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.

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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.

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There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

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I am not young enough to know everything.

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I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life.

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One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

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The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.

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Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.

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One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.

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