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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

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

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

Biography lends to death a new terror.

But what is the difference between literature and journalism? ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.

Do not speak ill of society, Algie. Only people who can't get in do that.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Genius is born--not paid.

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.

I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

I am not young enough to know everything.

I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.

I can resist anything but temptation.

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

I don't play accurately-any one can play accurately- but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.

I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

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

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.

One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

Only the shallow know themselves.

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated.

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.

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

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.

To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.

To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Why was I born with such contemporaries?

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.