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Type: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish
Date of Birth: 10/16/1854


 

Oscar Wilde Quotes > Most people die of a sort of...

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Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Oscar Wilde
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