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November 14, 2006

A little Wilde

From Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid.

You are an extraordinary fellow. You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing. Your cynicism is simply a pose.

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things. Conscience is the trade name of the firm, that is all.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

His principles were out of date, but there was a good deal to be said for his prejudices.

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.

Posted by joke du jour at November 14, 2006 07:47 PM

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