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I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs.

Oscar Wilde


Only those who leisurely approach that which the masses are busy about can be busy about that which the masses take leisurely.

Oscar Wilde


In the long run we are all dead.

Wilde Oscar


If men are not afraid to die, it is of no avail to threaten them with death. If men live in constant fear of dying, And if breaking the law means a man will be killed, Who will dare to break the law? There is always an official executioner. If

Wilde Oscar


Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.

Wilde Oscar


Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.

Wilde Oscar


Objectivity is to a newspaper what virtue is to a woman.

Wilde Oscar


...He who laughs does not believe in what he laughs at, but neither does he hate it. Therefore, laughing at evil means not preparing oneself to combat it, and laughing at good means denying the power through which good is self-propagating.

Wilde Oscar


To lead people, you must follow behind.

Wilde Oscar


With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law; and every time they make a law it's a joke.

Wilde Oscar


"No job too big; no fee too big!"

Wilde Oscar


Take what you can use and let the rest go by.

Wilde Oscar


The `loner' may be respected, but he is always resented by his colleagues, for he seems to be passing a critical judgment on them, when he may be simply making a limiting statement about himself.

Wilde Oscar


What we need in this country, instead of Daylight Savings Time, which nobody really understands anyway, is a new concept called Weekday Morning Time, whereby at 7 a.m. every weekday we go into a space-launch-style "hold" for two to three hours, durin

Wilde Oscar


"Given the choice between accomplishing something and just lying around, I'd rather lie around. No contest."

Wilde Oscar


Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.

Wilde Oscar


Competitive fury is not always anger. It is the true missionary's courage and zeal in facing the possibility that one's best may not be enough.

Wilde Oscar


I just got off the phone with Sonny Barger [President of the Hell's Angels]. He wants me to appear as a character witness for him at his murder trial and said he'd be glad to appear as a character witness on my behalf if I ever needed one. Needless

Wilde Oscar


Small is beautiful.

Wilde Oscar


To have died once is enough.

Wilde Oscar


The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.

Wilde Oscar


A journey of a thousand miles starts under one's feet.

Wilde Oscar


The more the merrier.

Wilde Oscar


Before you ask more questions, think about whether you really want to know the answers.

Wilde Oscar


There is no proverb that is not true.

Wilde Oscar


Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.

Wilde Oscar


The future not being born, my friend, we will abstain from baptizing it.

Wilde Oscar


It was a female that drove me to drink and I didn't even have the kindness to thank her.

Wilde Oscar


Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around us in awareness.

Wilde Oscar


Where there is much light there is also much shadow.

Wilde Oscar


Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life.

Wilde Oscar


Know what I hate most? Rhetorical questions.

Wilde Oscar


When the going gets tough, everyone leaves.

Wilde Oscar


A snake lurks in the grass.

Wilde Oscar


Dying is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down.

Wilde Oscar


Among all savage beasts, none is found so harmful as woman.

Wilde Oscar


Think sideways!

Wilde Oscar


Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

Wilde Oscar


It is Mr. Mellon's credo that $200,000,000 can do no wrong. Our offense consists in doubting it.

Wilde Oscar





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