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The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde 

Oscar Wilde not only wielded words like a master, he was one of history's great wits.   Below are random selections.


Nothing is more evident than that Nature hates Mind.  Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world.

...the more we study Art, the less we care for Nature.  What Art reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious crudities, her extraordinary monotony, her absolutely unfinished condition.

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.

At present, people see fogs, not because  there are fogs, but because poets and painters have taught them the mysterious loveliness of such effects.

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

The ages live in history through their anachronisms.

Time is waste of money.

The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.

The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible.

The well-bred contradict other people.  The wise contradict themselves.

If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.



All of the above quotations belong to Oscar Wilde.



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