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Oscar Wilde

1854-1900. Irish poet and dramatist.

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A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.

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Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.

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The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.

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

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How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.

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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

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I can resist everything except temptation.

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Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

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Work is a refuge of people who have nothing better to do.

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One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she'll tell anything.

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