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Oscar Wilde

1854-1900. Irish poet and dramatist.

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This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.

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The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.

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I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

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Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.

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The greatest of all sins is stupidity.

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It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.

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Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.

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Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.

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Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others.

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