Oscar Wilde quotes on human failings

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.

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I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde quote. I can resist everything except temptation. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

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The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

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Oscar Wilde quote. I can stand brute force but brute reason is quite unbearable. Image copyright Ireland Calling
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Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

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Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.

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Vulgarity is simply the conduct of others.

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Oscar Wilde quote. My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s. Image copyright Ireland Calling
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There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

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Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

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Oscar Wilde quote. The reason we are so pleased to find other people’s secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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