I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.— Oscar Wilde
Useful Importance Of Being Earnest quotations
One of the most important decisions you'll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.
Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?
Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs.
Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do, or what you have.
By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
More than half of modern culture depends upon what one shouldn't read.
Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seen important to you.
I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
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.
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 two most important days in your life are the day you are born... and the day you find out why.
The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty, and to someone else if she is plain.
I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.
When people talk to me about the weather, I always feel they mean something else.
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.
If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.
The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just at present.
You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to.
I should have remembered that when one is going to lead an entirely new life, one requires regular and wholesome meals.
It is awfully hard work doing nothing.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose.
And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not? And I don't like that. It makes men so very attractive.
A man who desires to get married should know everything or nothing.
Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter.
Well, one must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life.
An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant as the case may be.
What between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up. That's all that can be said about land.
Direction is so much more important than speed.
Really, if the lower orders don't set a good example, what on earth is the use of them?
I am not in favour of this modern mania for turning bad people into good people at a moment's notice.
LADY BRACKNELL Algernon is an extremely, I may almost say an ostentatiously, eligible young man. He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire?
It doesn't matter what you're thinking. It matters what you're doing.
Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.
My dear Algy, you talk exactly as if you were a dentist.
It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produces false impression
I've now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.
In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how greatly you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
Oh! I don't think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn't know what to talk to him about.
A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.
Good heavens, I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden.
" "But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins!" "I said it was perfectly heartless of YOU under the circumstances. That is a very different thing." "That may be, but the muffins are the same!
I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.
It is awfully hard work doing nothing.
However, I don't mind hard work when there is no definite object of any kind. To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing.