Saturday, January 22, 2011

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde

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  •  "Oh! it is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read."
  • "The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!"
  • "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."
  • "My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as bad as the way Gwendolen flirts with you."
  • "When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring."
  • "You don't seem to realise, that in married life three is company and two is none."
  • {Jack} You're quite perfect, Miss Fairfax. {Gwendolen} Oh! I hope I am not that. It would leave no room for developments, and I intend to develop in many directions.
  • "Health is the primary duty of life."
  • "Whatever influence I ever had over mamma, I lost at the age of three."
  • {Algernon} I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious. {Jack} Oh, that's nonsense, Algy. You never talk anything but nonsense. {Algernon} Nobody ever does.
  • {Cecily} Miss Prism says that all good looks are a snare. {Algernon} They are a snare that every sensible man would like to be caught in.
  • {Miss Prism} No married man is ever attractive except to his wife. {Chasuble} And often, I've been told, not even to her.
  • "If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated."
  • "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."

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