Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
If one tells the truth, one is sure sooner or later to be found out
One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding. The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. One should always be in love - that's the reason one should never marry.
Lord Illingworth: The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. Mrs. Allonby: It ends with Revelations.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.
In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.
It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.
We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying.
The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.
And if life be, as it surely is, a problem to me, I am no less a problem to life.
It is perfectly monstrous,' he said, at last, 'the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it.
When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.
Men always want to be a woman's first love women like to be a man's last romance.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want.
Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people.
The clever people never listen, and the stupid people never talk.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.
To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.
If one tells the truth, one is sure sooner or later to be found out.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.