Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly.

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: Irish

Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Oscar Wilde

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No need to waste the foolish tear, Or heave the windy sigh: The man had killed the thing he loved, And so he had to die.

A misanthrope I can understand—a womanthrope, never!

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.

Lady Bracknell. To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.

Egotism itself, which is so necessary to a proper sense of human dignity, is entirely the result of indoor life.

It is to do nothing that the elect exist. Action is limited and relative. Unlimited and absolute is the vision of him who sits at ease and watches, who walks in loneliness and dreams.

It is always painful to part from people whom one has known for a brief space of time. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity, But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.

The only beautiful things are the things that do not concern us.

My dear fellow, it isn't easy to be anything nowadays. There's such a lot of beastly competition about.

They actually succeed in spelling his name right in the newspapers. That in itself is fame, on the continent.

Nobody is incapable of doing a foolish thing. Nobody is incapable of doing a wrong thing.

In a month there will be purple stars on the clematis, and year after year the green night of its leaves will hold its purple stars.

Women who had wildly adored him, and for his sake had braved all social censure and set convention at defiance, were seen to grow pallid with shame or.

Of course I refuse. I will have absolutely nothing to do with it. I don't care what shame comes on you. You deserve it all. I should not be sorry to see you disgraced, publicly disgraced. How dare you ask me, of all men in the world, to mix myself up in this horror? I should have thought you knew more about people's characters.