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  • 21.
    There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. (repr. 1895). The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).
  • 22.
    A kiss may ruin a human life.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Arbuthnot, in A Woman of No Importance, act 4.

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  • 23.
    It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecily, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 3, Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894). Also appears in Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young.

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  • 24.
    All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright and poet. The Importance of Being Earnest, act I (1895).

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  • 25.
    My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 2.

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  • 26.
    She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Duchess of Berwick, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1 (1893). Referring to Mrs. Erlynne.

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  • 27.
    They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Allonby, in A Woman of No Importance, act 2.
  • 28.
    If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1.

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  • 29.
    Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 3.

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  • 30.
    His work was that curious mixture of bad painting and good intentions that always entitles a man to be called a representative British artist.
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 19 (1891). Referring to Basil Hallward.

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