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Friday, 1 December, 2000, 10:11 GMT
The wit of Wilde
Oscar Wilde
A man of many words
Oscar Wilde's writing and pithy epigrams just beg to be quoted. There is one here for practically every occasion.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

"I love acting. It is so much more real than life."

"It only the intellectually lost who ever argue."

"Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."

"It is a very sad thing that now-a-days there is so little useless information."

"In the old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Now-a-days books are written by the public and read by nobody."

"Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer."

"The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. The only thing that can console one for being rich is economy."

"Those whom the gods love grow young."

"I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy."

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

"The way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."

"The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself."

Oscar Wilde's last words: "Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means."

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