A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.
You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter - a girl brought up with the utmost care - to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel?
He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression...
In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all.
She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.
There were sins whose fascination was more in the memory than in the doing of them, strange triumphs that gratified the pride more than the passions, and gave to the intellect a quickened sense of joy, greater than any joy they brought, or could ever bring, to the senses.
You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.
I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.
Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be-in other ages, perhaps.
I can believe in anything. Provided it is quite remarkable.
Its a beautiful woman's fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes
The one charm about the past is that it is the past. But women never know when the curtain has fallen.
We have quite the same ideas. No; I think our ideas are quite different. But he has been most pleasant.
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
Dorian Gray frowned and turned his head away. He could not help liking the tall, graceful young man who was standing by him. His romantic, olive-coloured face and worn expression interested him. There was something in his low languid voice that was absolutely fascinating. His cool, white, flowerlike hands, even, had a curious charm. They moved, as he spoke, like music, and seemed to have a language of their own. But he felt afraid of him, and ashamed of being afraid.
I never take any notice to what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.
The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.
With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stock-broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge overdressed dowagers and tedious academicians, I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me.
ALGERNON: Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.
You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.
He would never again tempt innocence. He would be good.
It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that Genius lasts longer than Beauty.
She knew nothing but she had everything he had lost.
They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about.
You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can you want?
I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else.
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.
I didn't say I liked it Harry. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference.
Jemanden zu beeinflussen bedeutet, ihm eine fremde Seele zu geben.
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