Oscar Wilde quotes on life and death

Oscar Wilde quote. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
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One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
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Oscar Wilde quote. One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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One’s past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.
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Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Cartoon illustration of shamrocks. Image copyright Ireland Calling

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
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Everyone should keep someone else’s diary.
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When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

Oscar Wilde quote. When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.
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Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
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Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
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Oscar Wilde quote. Life is too important to be taken seriously. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
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A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
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Oscar Wilde quote. One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
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If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
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Oscar Wilde quote. Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us. Image copyright Ireland Calling


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