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"Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out." Oscar Wilde

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"Life would be dull without them." Oscar Wilde

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"In the world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." Oscar Wilde

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"It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. I never quarrel with actions. My one quarrel is with words. . . . The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one." Oscar Wilde

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"In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience." Oscar Wilde

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"It is always the unreadable that occurs." Oscar Wilde

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"His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language." Oscar Wilde

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"People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards." Oscar Wilde

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"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people." Oscar Wilde

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"The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands." Oscar Wilde

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"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship." Oscar Wilde

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"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written." Oscar Wilde

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"While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance." Oscar Wilde

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"They afterwards took me to a dancing saloon where I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice- 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'" Oscar Wilde

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"Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither." Oscar Wilde

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"I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly." Oscar Wilde

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"No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating." Oscar Wilde

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"That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography." Oscar Wilde

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"Women are made to be loved, not understood." Oscar Wilde

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"The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company" Oscar Wilde

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"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness." Oscar Wilde

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