Saturday, November 30, 2013

Top Ten Oscar Wilde Quotes

One-hundred-thirteen years ago, Oscar Wilde died. In his memory, I would like to share my favourite of his witticisms with you here. Enjoy!

10. She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm. — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

9. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. — The Picture of Dorian Gray, Preface (1891)

8. The General was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life. — The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

7. A man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. — A Woman of No Importance(1893)

6. The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes. — The Picture of Dorian Gray, Preface (1891)

5. Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his. — A Woman of No Importance (1893); Wilde liked this one so much he used it again in The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

4. A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life. — A Woman of No Importance (1893)

3. Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it. — Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)

2. The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means. — The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

1. I prefer women with a past. They're always so damned amusing to talk to. — Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)

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