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LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN

by: Oscar Wilde


Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay.

I can resist everything except temptation.

I don't like compliments, and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean.

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's.

I prefer women with a past. They're always so demmed amusing to talk to.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Misfortunes one can endure--they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults--ah!--there is the sting of life.

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not.

What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

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