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The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.

People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.
The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.
I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.
Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
And now, I am dying beyond my means. [Sipping champagne on his deathbed]
One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.
As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection.
An ordinary man away from home giving advice.
The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.
I pay the schoolmaster, but it is the school boys who educate my son.
We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
If power is for sale, sell your mother to buy it. You can always buy her back again.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.

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