quotes of Oscar Wilde; 811 quotes

"He thinks like a Tory, and talks like a Radical, and that's so important nowadays."

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"It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public."

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"A chemist on each side will approach the frontier with a bottle."

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"In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust."

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"I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime."

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"Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us."

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"As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn't become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him."

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"No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism."

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"You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done."

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"The mind of a the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value."

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