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Lady Windermere’s Fan Quotes

I can resist everything except temptation.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Men become old, but they never become good.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Nowadays 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.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

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.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

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 things that he doesn’t mean.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Windermere, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

It’s a curious thing … about the game of marriage – a game, by the way, that is going out of fashion – the wives hold all the honors, and invariably lose the odd trick.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Misfortunes one can endure – they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults – ah! – there is the sting of life.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Windermere, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

But we are positively getting elbowed into the corner. Our husbands would really forget our existence if we didn’t nag at them from time to time, just to remind them that we have a perfect legal right to do so.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Do you know, Mr. Hopper, dear Agatha and I are so much interested in Australia. It must be so pretty with all the dear little kangaroos flying about. Agatha has found it on the map. What a curious shape it is! Just like a large packing case.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 2, Oscar Wilde

To Australia Oh, don’t mention that dreadful vulgar place.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Duchess of Berwick, Act 2, Oscar Wilde

Egad! I might be married to her; she treats me with such demmed indifference.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Augustus, Act 2, Oscar Wilde

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mr. Dumby, Act 2, Oscar Wilde

It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Plymdale, Act 2, Oscar Wilde

I assure you women of that kind are most useful. They form the basis of other people’s marriages.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Plymdale, Act 2, Oscar Wilde

It’s most dangerous nowadays for a husband to pay any attention to his wife in public. It always makes people think that he beats her when they’re alone.
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Plymdale, Act 2, Oscar Wilde