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Oscar Wilde Quotes

(1856-1900), British Author, Wit

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.

Category: Books And Reading

There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Business

The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.

Category: Caprice

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.

Category: Careers

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.

Category: Change

It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out.

Category: Character

Charity creates a multitude of sins.

Category: Charity

It's absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Category: Charm

All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.

Category: Charm

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Category: Children

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

Category: Children

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.

Category: Children

The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their ''Hub,'' as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Chicago is a sort of monster-shop, full of bustles and bores. Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Baltimore is amusing for a week, but Philadelphia is dreadfully provincial; and though one can dine in New York one could not dwell there.

Category: Cities And City Life

Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.

Category: Civilization