I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself do not interest me. The have not got the charm of novelty.
The aim of life is self-development. To realise one's nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked.
When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.
A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do.
I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.
Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.
I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.
Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it
My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
In fact, the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people. . . . The Japanese people are. . . simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art.
Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf.
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people.
Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.
People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.
Philanthropy seems to me to have become simply the refuge of people who wish to annoy their fellow creatures
As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.
People who love only once in their lives are. . . shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.
A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on
Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob
And, by the way, one of the most delightful things I find in America is meeting a people without prejudice -- everywhere open to the truth.
I'm sure I don't know half the people who come to my house. Indeed, from all I hear, I shouldn't like to.
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