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Oscar Wilde, 16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900, Irish poet and playwright

│ Epigram

(n.) a saying or remark, especially a satirical one, with a witty or ingenious ending

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Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
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It is so easy for people to have sympathy with suffering. It is so difficult for them to have sympathy with thought.
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We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.
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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
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Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an Art.
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It is sometimes said that the tragedy of an artist’s life is that he cannot realize his ideal. But the true tragedy that dogs the steps of most artists is that they realize their ideal too absolutely. For, when the ideal I realized, it is robbed of its wonder and its mystery, and becomes simply a new starting-point for an ideal that is other than itself. This is the reason why music is the perfect type of Art.
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There are two ways of disliking Art … One is to dislike it. The other, to like it rationally.
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Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
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There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
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When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.
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There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
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Those who go beneath surface do so at their peril.

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Epigrams taken from the little black Penguin Classics book Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast by Oscar Wilde

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