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The Importance of Being Earnest Quotes

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to some one else, if she is plain.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Nothing should be out of the reach of hope. Life is a hope.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Hester, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

It is awfully hard work doing nothing.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolen, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Divorces are made in Heaven.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don’t think it right.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Lane, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Really, if the lower orders don’t set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I don’t play accurately – any one can play accurately – but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Jack, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Oh! it is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn’t. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Jack: My dear Algy, you talk exactly as if you were a dentist. It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn’t a dentist. It produces a false impression.
Angernon: Well, that is exactly what dentists always do.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one’s clean linen in public.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

In married life three is company and two is none.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde

Ah! That must be Aunt Augusta. Only relatives, or creditors, ever ring in that Wagnerian manner.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon, Act 1, Oscar Wilde