Art and Life
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
All art is quite useless.
(The Portrait of Dorian Gray)
Behind one's back
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
I can believe anything as long as it is incredible.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
(The Picture of Dorian Gray)
To many, no doubt, he will seem blatent and bumptious, but we prefer to regard him as being simply British.
(Pall Mall Gazette)
It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.
(The Importance of Being Earnest)
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
(An Ideal Husband)
I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures.
One must have some sort of occupation nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think about.
(A Woman of No Importance)