A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish


A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Oscar Wilde

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Men are such cowards. They outrage every law of the world, and are afraid of the world's tongue.

You don't seem to realise, that in married life three is company and two is none.

Were there no law there'd be no law-breakers, So all men would be virtuous.

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Only the shallow know themselvess.

Christ did not die to save people, but to teach people how to save each other. This is, I have no doubt, a grave heresy, but it is also a fact.

The only people to whose opinions I listen now with any respect are people much younger than myself. They seem in front of me. Life has revealed to them her latest wonder.

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.

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The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought, and sold, and bartered away. It can be poisoned, or made perfect. There is a soul in each one of us. I know it.