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Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

Levant Oscar


What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Levant Oscar


The Least Perceptive Literary Critic The most important critic in our field of study is Lord Halifax. A most individual judge of poetry, he once invited Alexander Pope round to give a public reading of his latest poem. Pope, the leading poet of h

Oscar Wilde


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

Oscar Wilde


The horizon of many people is a circle with a radius of zero. They call this their point of view.

Wilde Oscar


Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.

Wilde Oscar


One of my less pleasant chores when I was young was to read the Bible from one end to the other. Reading the Bible straight through is at least 70 percent discipline, like learning Latin. But the good parts are, of course, simply amazing. God is a

Wilde Oscar


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Wilde Oscar


Once he had one leg in the White House and the nation trembled under his roars. Now he is a tinpot pope in the Coca-Cola belt and a brother to the forlorn pastors who belabor halfwits in galvanized iron tabernacles behind the railroad yards."

Wilde Oscar


I value kindness to human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and old men

Wilde Oscar


"I wonder", he said to himself, "what's in a book while it's closed. Oh, I know it's full of letters printed on paper, but all the same, something must be happening, because as soon as I open it, there's a whole story with people I don't know yet

Wilde Oscar


Go to the Scriptures... the joyful promises it contains will be a balsam to all your troubles.

Wilde Oscar


Fear is the greatest salesman.

Wilde Oscar


There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth.

Wilde Oscar


I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.

Wilde Oscar


If any demonstrator ever lays down in front of my car, it'll be the last car he ever lays down in front of.

Wilde Oscar


Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored.

Wilde Oscar


What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.

Wilde Oscar


In childhood a woman must be subject to her father; in youth to her husband; when her husband is dead, to her sons. A woman must never be free of subjugation.

Wilde Oscar


There's small choice in rotten apples.

Wilde Oscar


When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Wilde Oscar


From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.

Wilde Oscar


It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

Wilde Oscar


I trust the first lion he meets will do his duty.

Wilde Oscar


How is the world ruled, and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists, and they believe what they read.

Wilde Oscar


You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and liberty.

Wilde Oscar


What does it take for Americans to do great things; to go to the moon, to win wars, to dig canals linking oceans, to build railroads across a continent? In independent thought about this question, Neil Armstrong and I concluded that it takes a coinci

Wilde Oscar


I know on which side my bread is buttered.

Wilde Oscar


One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

Wilde Oscar


"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Wilde Oscar


"Avoid revolution or expect to get shot. Mother and I will grieve, but we will gladly buy a dinner for the National Guardsman who shot you."

Wilde Oscar


The individual choice of garnishment of a burger can be an important point to the consumer in this day when individualism is an increasingly important thing to people.

Wilde Oscar


Authors (and perhaps columnists) eventually rise to the top of whatever depths they were once able to plumb.

Wilde Oscar


TO THOSE OF YOU WHO DESIRE IT, I GRANT YOU MADRAK'S BLESSING: Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires for

Wilde Oscar


And they mainly want to teach them not to question, not to imagine, but to be obedient and behave well so that they can hold them forever as children to their bosom as the second millennium lurches toward its panicky close.

Wilde Oscar


Credit ... is the only enduring testimonial to man's confidence in man.

Wilde Oscar


Sometimes a man who deserves to be looked down upon because he is a fool is despised only because he is a lawyer.

Wilde Oscar


Watch your mouth, kid, or you'll find yourself floating home.

Wilde Oscar


Dustin Farnum: Why, yesterday, I had the audience glued to their seats! Oliver Herford: Wonderful! Wonderful! Clever of you to think of it!

Wilde Oscar


I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something.

Wilde Oscar


Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.

Wilde Oscar


The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

o Oscar Levant





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A furore Normanorum libera nos, O Domine! [From the fury of the norsemen deliver us, O Lord!]
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