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Quotations by Oscar Wilde
Oscar WildeWhat selfishness is - Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

Be yourself - Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

To live is the rarest thing - To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

What you read when you don't have to - It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

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

Treating you as ordinary - Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

Don't love someone for their looks - You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

Causing happiness - Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

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

Teaching acting - The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel, it is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.

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

Invention of architecture - If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture.

Much to be said of journalism - There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not.

Invention in England vs. America - In England an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.