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  • Oh! I don't think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn't know what to talk to him about.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • Any man can be happy with any woman, so long as he doesn't love her.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Man is many things, but he is not rational.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • To him, man was a being with myriad lives and myriad sensations, a complex multiform creature that bore within itself strange legacies of thought and passion, and whose very flesh was tainted with the monstrous maladies of the dead.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • We all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. The thoroughly well-informed man - that is the modern ideal. And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes...
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • What odd chaps you painters are! You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than begin talked about, and that is not being talked about. A portrait like this would set you far above all the young men in England, and make the old men jealous, if old men are ever capable of any emotion.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • When they entered they found, hanging upon the wall, a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty. Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognised who it was.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualification
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself you rise from the table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctified your days.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • His work was that curious mixture of bad painting and good intentions that always entitles a man to be called a representative British artist.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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