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Quotes of the Day for 17 October 2000 – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wilde was, unfortunately, born on this day in 1854. Unfortunate because this passionate wordsmith would have been a great success had he been born in 1954. His comment that "the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it" didn't fit his time, but I think quite a few of his pithy epigrams fit ours.

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The quotes:

As long as war is looked upon as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
     - Oscar Wilde

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