In England ... education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and would probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.
In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.
Cecily. This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade. Gwendolen. [Satirically.] I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different.
Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.
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.
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 false impression
I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.
I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.
I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.
To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.
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.
Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs.
The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty, and to someone else if she is plain.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
I should have remembered that when one is going to lead an entirely new life, one requires regular and wholesome meals.
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.
Good heavens, I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden." "But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins!" "I said it was perfectly heartless of YOU under the circumstances. That is a very different thing." "That may be, but the muffins are the same!
If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.
An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant as the case may be.
More than half of modern culture depends upon what one shouldn't read.
Oh! I don't think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn't know what to talk to him about.
The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.
I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
Really, if the lower orders don't set a good example, what on earth is the use of them?
It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work when there is no definite object of any kind. To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing.
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