All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
~ in The Importance of Being Earnest
Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
Spies are of no use nowadays. Their profession is over. The newspapers do their work instead.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.