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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Oscar Wilde. (1854–1900)
 
 
1
    Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
  By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
  Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
  The brave man with a sword.
          The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
2
    All that we know who lie in gaol
  Is that the wall is strong;
And that each day is like a year,
  A year whose days are long.
          The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
3
    The vilest deeds like poison-weeds
  Bloom well in prison-air:
It is only what is good in Man
  That wastes and withers there:
Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate
  And the Warder is Despair.
          The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
4
      The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
          The Picture of Dorian Gray.
5
      He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.
          The Picture of Dorian Gray.
6
      As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
          The Critic as Artist.
7
      Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.
          De Profundis.
8
      It is through Art and through Art only that we can realize our perfection; through Art and Art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.
          Art.
 

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