Oscar Wilde quote about thought from A Woman of No Importance - All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction.
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All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction.
 Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance. copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source A Woman of No Importance
Topic thought
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Language English
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Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/854/854-h/854-h.htm

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“[Shakes her fan at him.] I don't know how it is, dear Lord Illingworth, but everything you have said to-day seems to me excessively immoral. It has been most interesting, listening to you.
Lord Illingworth. All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of.
Lady Hunstanton. I don't understand a word, Lord Illingworth. But I have no doubt it is all quite true. Personally, I have very little to reproach myself with, on the score of thinking.” source

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