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With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.
Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them, women will forgive them anything, even their gigantic intellects.
Work is the curse of the drinking class.
Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it.
The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.
- A Woman of No Importance [Soul]
The youth of America is their tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
- A Woman of No Importance (act I) [America]
Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity.
- An Ideal Husband (act II) [Stupidity]
Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is onself.
- An Ideal Husband (act III) [Society]
But when they had unloosed the linen band,
Which swathed the Egyptian's body,--lo! was found,
Closed in the wasted hollow of her hand,
A little seed, which, sown in English ground,
Did wondrous snow of starry blossoms bear,
And spread rich odours through our springtide air.
- Athanasia (st. 2) [Flowers]
Set in this stormy Northern sea,
Queen of these restless fields of tide,
England! What shall men say of thee.
Before whose feet the worlds divide?
- Ave Imperatrix [England]
Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword.
- Ballad of Reading Gaol [Crime]
Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.
- De Profundis [Sorrow]
There are only two kinds of women, the plain and the coloured.
- Dorian Gray (ch. III) [Women]
I have my beauty,--you your Art--
Nay, do not start:
One world was not enough for two
Like me and you.
- Her Voice [World]
The wild Bee reels from bough to bough
With his furry coat and his gauzy wing,
Now in a lily cup, and now
Setting a jacinth bell a-swing,
In his wandering.
- Her Voice [Bees]
Chrysanthemums from gilded argosy
Unload their gaudy senseless merchandise.
- Humanitad (st. 11) [Chrysanthemums]
Ah! somehow life is bigger after all
Than any painted angel could we see
The God that is within us!
- Humanitad (st. 60) [Life]
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his.
- Importance of Being Earnest (act I)
I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
- Importance of Being Earnest (act II)
The yellow fog came creeping down
The bridges, till the houses' walls
Seemed changed to shadows, and St. Paul's
Loomed like a bubble o'er the town.
- Impression du Matin [Morning]
Her ivory hands on the ivory keys
Strayed in a fitful fantasy,
Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees
Rustle their pale leaves listlessly
Or the drifting foam of a restless sea
When the waves show their teeth in the flying breeze.
- In the Gold Room--A Harmony [Music]
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
- Intentions [War]
As a pomegranate, cut in twain,
White-seeded is her crimson mouth.
- La Bella Donna della Mia Mente [Mouth]
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