Oscar wilde quotes

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"nowadays people marry as often... it is most fashionable"
lady markby PEOPLE HUNTING FOR MARRIAGE AS ITS FASHIONABLE E.G. LONDON SEASON IS WHERE THEY are HUNTING FOR HUSBANDS here they mock marriages ,aristocrat daughters done this to keep status
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"women are always rewarded for being charming"
mrs cheveley- separate herself from other women as shes different
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"political life is a noble career"
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"I leave romance to my seniors" "I love talking about nothing"
lord goring
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"We have married perfect husbands and we are punished for it"
mrs marchtmont
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" Circumstances should never alter principles"
mrs cheveley
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"with our modern mania for morality"
mrs cheveley- she doesn't seem to care for morals, everybody in society is faking and pretending they're perfect when they're not
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"tainted source"
mrs cheveley describes src wealth being earned by this
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"We women worship when we love; and when we lose our worship, we lose everything"
lady chiltern
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"science cannot grapple with the problem of women"
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"we have nothing open to us but politics or philanthropy"
mrs cheveley
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"Men are grossly material"
lady markby
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'This is the game of life'
mrs cheveley to O SRC,meaning that she is playing/manipulating him, the game = trying to climb social/economic/political hierarchy, she thinks blackmailing him is fair - lack of morals, "winning cards" - knows that she has S.R.C. trapped
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" I will give you any sum of money you want"
src to mrs cheveley- he is living in a society that is driven by money
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"a woman of the very highest principles"
description of lady chiltern
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"No one should be entirely judged by their past"
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"public and private life are different things"
src says this which lady mark by disagrees with as she believes both represents a man
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One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged"
mrs cheveley
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"Mabel Chiltern is a perfect example of the English type of prettiness, the apple blossom type" "like the mouth of a child"
sd- Both Wilde and Rossetti in A Birthday use the natural imagery of apple tree to represent womanhood, the 'flower' symbolises that a womans beauty and love is fading-link to earhtly love, victorian ideal of beauty was closely linked to a child-like
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'Tanagra statuette'
sd- A greek statue that was naturalistic rather than idealised, Mabel Chiltern represents what women would of been if they had not been molded
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'Politics are my only pleasure'
mrs cheveley- unusual for a women to be interested in politics during this era
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'"I hate being educated '"
lady basildon
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'"dying for supper"
lady basildon and mrs marchtmont- they reject Victonte when he tells them to come down for supper here they both say no to stand out suggesting they are different and dangerous, victorian women werent known for eating but for looking pretty which the
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how lady basildon and mrs marchtmont describes themselves
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" our husbands never appreciate us. We have to go to others"
lady basildon- men dominate marriage, they all just have a wife for the sake of it and they would see them as objects e.g. taking them to parties , even if they are not appreciated they would stay in the marriage suggesting even if they were wealthy
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"its not for you to mark terms… but to accept"
mrs cheveley to src
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mrs cheveley- "she's incapable to upright nature like my husband"
lady chiltern mentions this
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"let us drift apart"
mrs cheveley- she is ready to divorce her husband if he follows mrs cheveley this highlights new women as she wants to be independent but still has patraichal ideas which suggsts shes a beginning feminist and she teks other victrian women to "have a
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"whom did I do wrong?"
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"I had the double misfortune of being well-born and poor" - meaning that he was disadvantaged yet ambitious
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Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons
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this century worships wealth
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"Robert, how could you have sold yourself for money?"
lord goring
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"Wealth has given me enormous power"
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"There are terrible temptations that it requires strength"
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"I had fought the century with its own weapons and won"
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"Factory Acts, Female Inspectors, the Eight Hours' Bill, the Parliamentary Franchise"
shows lady chiltern as HONOURABLE, takes great interest in politics and improving the lives of women and workers during the Victorian era
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I feel like a man on a ship that is sinking
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Nobody is incapable of doing a wrong thing
lord goring
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"horrible painted mask"
lady c to src
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Why do you place us on monstrous pedestals?
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" rich cant do everything"
lord goring
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"public disgrace in store for me"
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" robert is incapable of doing such a foolish thing"
lady chiltern
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"ambition is unscrupulous"
lord goring
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"in every nature there is an element of weakness"
lord goring
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"I don’t know half of the people that come to my house"
lady chiltern
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"house of lords is so sensible " "horrid house of common ruins our husbands"
lady markby
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" person who has once been gulty of being dishonest and dishonourable…should be shunned"
lady chiltern- morally corrupted as she is a hypocrite and she believes this is "to everyone with exception
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"morality is the attitude we adapt towards people we dislike"
mrs cheveley
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"love should come to cure us"
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" why cant you love us, faults and all?"
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" it is not the perfect, but the imperfect who have a need of love"
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" I cant understand the moder mania"
lady markby
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"society is honeycombed… most irreligious"
lady markby
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"modern women understand everything, I am told" " we were taught not to understand anything. That was the old systm and was wonderfully interesting"
lady markby- shows victorian women's lack of knowledge due to knowledge hierarchy
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"dangerous being too modern"
lady markby
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"terrible thing called Higher Education of women"
lady markby
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"life is never fair"
lord goring
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"higher eductaion of men is what I should like to see. Men need it so sadly "
mrs cheveley
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"men love women knowing their weakness"
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" I am interested in politics"
lady chiltern
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"politics is my only pleasure"
mrs cheveley
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"what a mask you have been wearing"
lady chiltern to src when she finds out about what he had done and now "memories that are now horrible to me and how I worshipped you
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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance
lord goring
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"Extraordinary thing about the lower classes in England - they are always losing their relations"
lower class die more often as they cannot afford good healthcare- link to civic engagement
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"its your duty to get married.You can't always be living for pleasure"
Lord Goring's duty is to get married and his father fees he is doing nothing beneficial in his life. marriage is not for love and it is compulsory. It is almost a law that upper class people have to abide buy
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"Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement."
mrs cheveley- should love each other but lord faversham suggests "Affection comes later on in married life"- Love is not the main priority of marriage, you have to wait for love and affection
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"But women who have common sense are so curiously plain"
lord goring- thinks that intelligent people are boring, he would prefer a woman who is less intelligent and educated
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"Common sense is the privilege of our sex"
lord faversham - sexism, he thinks that no women are intelligent and only men have that trait
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"I used to think ambition the great thing. It is not. Love is the great thing in the world"
src learnt his lesson as he has started to appreciate Lady Chiltern
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"She is a vile, infamous thing"
src talking about Mrs Cheveley, suggesting she is known for wrong doings
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"There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her last is always her lover and her future invariably her husband"
mrs cheveley
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" a loathsome commercial transaction"
lord goring- describes the hate between mrs cheveley and SRC
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"growth of moral sense in women makes marriage such a hopless,one-sided institution"
lord goring
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"I have built my life upon sands of shame"
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" I hate paradoxes"
lord caversham
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"concieted young puppy"
lord caversham to lord goring
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"If there was less sympathy in the world there would be less trouble"
lord goring
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" I don’t mind bad husbands. I have had two.they ammused me"
mrs cheveley
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"spies are no use nowdays… the newspapers do the work"
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'"people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons"
lord goring
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i cannot take him with me to Downing Street. It is not the Prime Minister's day for seeing the unemployed
lord caversham
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-"it is a public scandal the way I adore you"
Mabel chiltern
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"It was your ambition that led you astray" to SRC
lady chiltern
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"I have never admired him so much before. He is finer than even I thought him"
lady chiltern
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"Women are not meant to judge us, but to forgive us when we need forgiveness"
lord goring
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"A mans life is of more value than a woman. It has ... greater ambitions. A woman's life revolves in curves of emotions. It is upon lines of intellect that a mans life progresses"
lord goring
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"I set him up too high"
lady chiltern about src
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"if you don't make this young lady an ideal husband, I'll cut you off with a shilling"
lord caversham
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"Fathers should be neither seen nor heard"
lord goring
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'Mothers are darlings'
lord goring
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lord goring
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"I don’t like principles. I prefer prejuidice"
lord goring
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" I don’t think there is a smallest chance of her accepting you"
lord caversham
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"I don’t think her happiness would be safe in your hands. I cannot have her sacrificed"
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loveless marriages are horrible
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"an ideal husband! It sounds like something in the next world"
Mabel chiltern
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'I wish I had seen that one sin of my youth burning to ashes"
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"I don’t know how can I repay you" to LG
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"I only read The Morning Post… anything else I demoralizing"
lord caversham
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uggests it is src's "duty" to retire from public life
lady chiltern
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'"tommy trafford proposes on tuesdays and Thursday during the season"
Mabel chiltern
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"women are always rewarded for being charming"


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"political life is a noble career"


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"I leave romance to my seniors" "I love talking about nothing"


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"We have married perfect husbands and we are punished for it"


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