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It is simply expression, as Henry says, that gives reality to things.

("The Picture of Dorian Gray")

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It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.
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ALGERNON: Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.
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It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world
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This wallpaper is dreadful. One of us has simply got to go.
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To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist -- the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar.
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He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself.
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