我不愿谋生，我想生活 | 王尔德给年轻人的100则箴言
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When one is in love, one always begins by deceiveing one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what would calls a romance.
The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has to go.
No man is rich enough to buy back his own past.
-An Ideal Husband (1895)
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
-The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Most people discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
What is the chief cause of divorce? Marriage.
When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love and wise already had one in reserve.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.
One can always be kind to people one cares nothing about.
We Irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks.
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
Personal Impressions of America (Leadville) (1883)
The heart was made to be broken.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
Why was I born with such contemporaries
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Only the shallow know themselves.
-Phrases and Philosophies for the use of the Young (1894)
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
I like men who have a future and women who have a past
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution
I don't want to earn my living; I want to live.
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers
-An Ideal husband, 1893
"Life is never fair...And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not."
-An Ideal Husband，1893
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction
Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.
Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual
A true friend stabs you in the front.
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Hatred is blind, as well as love.
Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes, they forgive them
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative
One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography
The world has been made by fools that wise men should live in it.
Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious; both are disappointed.
The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married.
Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her look like a public building.
When a woman marries again,it is because she detested her first husband.When a man marries again,it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
Men become old, but they never become good.
The evolution of man is slow. The injustice to man is great.
Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
A good name, like good will, is got by many action and lost by one.
It is absurd to divide people in to good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
-Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
-The Sphinx Without a Secret
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
Everyone is born king, and most people die in exile.
When I was young , I used to think that money was the most important thing in life , now that I am old , I know it is.
Don't be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, don't believe them.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
I am not at all romantic. I am not old enough. I leave romance to my seniors.
Wicked women bother one. Good women bore one. That is the only difference between them.
Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.
And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point of view, it is usually a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Literary and Other Notes I, Woman's World (November 1887)
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.
We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
-The Soul of Man under Socialism (1881)
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
Dammit sir, it's your duty to get married. You can't be always living for pleasure.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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