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Favorite Quotes from Oscar Wilde

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

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Cynicism is knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.

I am not young enough to know everything.

I can resist anything but temptation.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

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.

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

Only the shallow know themselves.

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

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 pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.