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Oscar Wilde Quotes

(1856-1900), British Author, Wit

Nothing succeeds like success.

Category: Success

I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.

Category: Suffering

To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.

Category: Suffering

Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on.

Category: Sun

There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.

Category: Superstition

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.

Category: Sympathy

Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.

Category: Sympathy

To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you.

Category: Tact And Tactfulness

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.

Category: Talkativeness

Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art.

Category: Taste

Good taste is the excuse I have given for leading such a bad life.

Category: Taste

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

Category: Taxes And Taxation

Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Category: Teachers And Teaching

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

Category: Teachers And Teaching

Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method of music -- his own. To the great painter, there is only one manner of painting -- that which he himself employs. The aesthetic critic, and the aesthetic critic alone, can appreciate all forms and all modes. It is to him that Art makes her appeal.

Category: Techniques