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Monday, November 30, 1998 Published at 11:20 GMT


The wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde

The memorial: Wilde remembered

As a memorial is at long last unveiled in memory of the poet and playwright, News Online presents a selection of his most famous sayings.

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

  • "Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them"

  • "Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected"

  • "In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane"

  • "The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one"

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

  • "In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it"

  • "Friendship is much more tragic than love. It lasts longer" "The truth is rarely pure and never simple"

  • "Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same"

  • "One should always be in love. This is the reason one should never marry"

  • "What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing"

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

  • "I have nothing to declare but my genius"

  • "There is no sin except stupidity"

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