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Oscar Wilde Quotes on Romantic Love (14 Quotes)


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  • I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I'll certainly try to forget the fact.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • I really don't see what is so romantic about proposing. One may be accepted - one usually is, I believe - and then the excitement is ended. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • But Venice, like Oxford, had kept the background for romance, and, to the true romantic, background was everything, or almost everything.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.
    (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")


  • There seemed to be something tragic in a friendship so coloured by romance.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

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

  • Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We woman have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • When one is in love one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. This is what the world calls a romance.
    (Oscar Wilde)

  • To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
    (Oscar Wilde)


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