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70 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1892
“Ah, now-a-days we are all of us so hard up, that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay.”
“I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean.”
“If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.”
“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
“Men become old, but they never become good.”
“I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly ; but I don't see any chance of it just at present.”
“It's wrong for a man to abandon his wife for a shameless woman. It is wrong for a wife to remain with a man who so dishonors her.”
“Oh! gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Now I never moralize. A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain.”
“Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they are better.”
I don't like compliments, and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of cheap things that he doesn't mean.
Vileness is a terrible word, Lady Windermere.
It is a terrible thing, Lord Darlington.
Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen,and that they all fit.
Margaret, none of us men may be good enough for the women we marry - that is quite true - but you don't imagine I would ever - oh, the suggestion is monstrous.
Yes, you gave me this fan to-day. [...] If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it.
It's most dangerous nowadays for a husband to pay attention to his wiffe in public. It always makes people think he beats her when they're alone.
looks like an édition de luxe of a wicked French novel, meant especially for the English market.are just as disgusting as cat-whistles nowadays...
Oh! Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
Oh don't imagine I am going to have pathetic scene with her, weep on her neck and tell her who Iam, and all that kind of thing. I have no ambition to play a part of a mother.
LORD WINDERMERE: Well, you are certainly marrying a very clever woman!
LADY WINDERMERE (taking her husband's hands): Ah, you're marrying a very good woman!
LORD DARLINGTON: We are all in the gutter, but some of us a re looking at the stars.
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
CECIL GRAHAM: What is a cynic?
LORD DARLINGTON: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
CECIL GRAHAM: Experience is the name Tuppy gives to his mistakes. That is all.
MRS. ERLYNNE: I regret my bad actions, you regret your good ones. That is the difference between us.
MRS. ERLYNNE: Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
LORD WINDERMERE. Well, that is no business of yours, is it, Cecil?
CECIL GRAHAM. None! That is why it interests me. My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people’s.