It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognized who it was.

And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing.

There is such a thing as robbing a story of its reality by trying to make it too true...

If the Socialism is Authoritarian; if there are Governments armed with economic power as they are now with political power; if, in a word, we are to have Industrial Tyrannies, then the last state of man will be worse than the first.

Deliver me from my disciples!

The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.

So much had been surrendered! And to such little purpose! There had been mad wilful rejections, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape.

As the dawn was just breaking he found himself close to Covent Garden. The darkness lifted, and, flushed with faint fires, the sky hollowed itself into a perfect pearl. Huge carts filled with nodding lilies rumbled slowly down the polished empty street.

I never intend to grow old. The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life.

It is personalities, not principles, that move the age.

Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are! Except, of course, in the Church.

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomat - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil to mix in with one's vinegar.

There is no Mystery so great as Misery.

I made your sorrow mine also, that you might have help in bearing it.

Lady Bracknell, I hate to seem inquisitive, but would you kindly inform me who I am?

Examinations consist of the foolish asking questions the wise cannot answer.

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.

Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.

He does not stare upon the air Through a little roof of glass: He does not pray with lips of clay For his agony to pass; Nor feel upon his shuddering cheek The kiss of Caiaphas.

It is pure unadulterated country life. They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early because they have so little to think about.

Indeed, as a rule, everybody turns out to be somebody else.

My dear boy, I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all.

Children begin by loving their parents as they grow older they judge them sometimes they forgive them.

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

Shrill flaring gas-jets, dulled and distorted in the fly-blown mirrors that faced them, were ranged round the walls. Greasy reflectors of ribbed tin backed them, making quivering disks of light. The floor was covered with ochre-coloured sawdust, trampled here and there into mud, and stained with dark rings of spilled liquor.

Our future will be the same as our past, and that the sin we had done once, and with loathing, we would do many times, and with joy.

I remembered what you had said to me on that wonderful evening we first dined together, about the search for beauty being the real secret of life...

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

Ugh!' snarled the Wolf, as he limped through the brushwood with his tail between his legs, 'this is perfectly monstrous weather. Why doesn't the Government look to it?

My dear fellow, I am not quite serious. But I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.

The function of the artist is to invent, not to chronicle.

Just as the worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realised by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it, so, in the present state of things in England, the people who do most harm are the people who try to do most good.

Never mind what I say. I am always saying what I shouldn't say. In fact, I usually say what I really think. A great mistake nowadays. It makes one so liable to be misunderstood.

Pardon me, you are not engaged to any one. When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself...

A mask tells us more than a face.

You used to stir my imagination. Now you don't even stir my curiosity.

The passion for property is in it. There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid others might pick them up.

Pray do! I think that whenever one has anything unpleasant to say, one should always be quite candid.

Jack. [In a very patronising manner.] My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman!

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.

No one cares about distant relatives nowadays. They went out of fashion years ago.

You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing.

Create yourself. Be yourself your poem.

I hope, Cecily, I shall not offend you if I state quite frankly and openly that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection.

Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.