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Oscar Wilde on life, love and other matters

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CECILY: ‘I HAVE NEVER MET ANY REALLY WICKED PERSON BEFORE. I FEEL RATHER FRIGHTENED. I AM SO AFRAID HE WILL LOOK JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #oscarwildequote #appearance #romansarcophagus #triton #seacreatures at Camposanto monumentale

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MISS PRISM: ‘CECILY, YOU WILL READ YOUR POLITICAL ECONOMY IN MY ABSENCE. THE CHAPTER ON THE FALL OF THE RUPEE YOU MAY OMIT. IT IS SOMEWHAT TOO SENSATIONAL. EVEN THESE METALLIC PROBLEMS HAVE THEIR MELODRAMATIC SIDE.’ . . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #oscarwildequote #romanmosaic #lastsupperinpompeii #fishsupper #rupee at Ashmolean Museum

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CANON CHASUBLE: ‘WERE I FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE MISS PRISM’S PUPIL, I SHOULD HANG UPON HER LIPS . (MISS PRISM GLARES.) I SPOKE METAPHORICALLY - MY METAPHOR WAS DRAWN FROM BEES.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #oscarwildequote #metaphor #dormouse #pompeiiexhibition #romancooking #lastsupperinpompeii at Ashmolean Museum

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MISS PRISM: ‘MEMORY, MY DEAR CECILY, IS THE DIARY THAT WE ALL CARRY ABOUT WITH US.’ . CECILY: ‘YES, BUT IT USUALLY CHRONICLES THE THINGS THAT HAVE NEVER HAPPENED, AND COULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #oscarwildequote #diary #memory #lippolippi at Ashmolean Museum

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MISS PRISM: ‘I REALLY DON’T SEE WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP A DIARY AT ALL.’ . CECILY: ‘I KEEP A DIARY IN ORDER TO ENTER THE WONDERFUL SECRETS OF MY LIFE. IF I DIDN’T WRITE THEM DOWN I SHOULD PROBABLY FORGET ALL ABOUT THEM.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #oscarwildequote #diary #pisa at Camposanto monumentale

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MISS PRISM: ‘I DON’T THINK THAT EVEN I COULD PRODUCE ANY EFFECT ON A CHARACTER THAT ACCORDING TO HIS OWN BROTHER’S ADMISSION IS SO IRRETRIEVABLY WEAK AND VACILLATING. INDEED I AM NOT SURE THAT I WOULD DESIRE TO RECLAIM HIM. I AM NOT IN FAVOUR OF THIS MODERN MANIA FOR TURNING BAD PEOPLE INTO GOOD PEOPLE AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE. AS A MAN SOWS SO LET HIM REAP.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #oscarwildequote #pisabookfestival #desertfathers at Camposanto monumentale

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Am at Pisa Book Festival this weekend speaking about OSCAR - A LIFE. Sunday 10 November, 3 pm, Palazzo dei Congressional, Pisa. ‘THERE IS ONLY ONE THING WORSE THAN BEING TALKED ABOUT, AND THAT IS NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT.’ . @pisabookfestival #pisa #pisabookfestival #oscarwilde at Pisa, Italy

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CECILY: ‘I WISH UNCLE JACK WOULD ALLOW THAT UNFORTUNATE YOUNG MAN, HIS BROTHER, TO COME DOWN HERE SOMETIMES. WE MIGHT HAVE A GOOD INFLUENCE OVER HIM, MISS PRISM. I‘M SURE YOU CERTAINLY WOULD. YOU KNOW, GERMAN, AND GEOLOGY, AND THINGS OF THAT KIND, INFLUENCE A MAN VERY MUCH.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #geology #germanlanguage #picasso at Musée Picasso Antibes

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CECILY: ‘DEAR UNCLE JACK IS SO VERY SERIOUS. SOMETIMES HE IS SO SERIOUS I THINK HE CANNOT BE QUITE WELL.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #serious #pig #shopsign at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

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CECILY: ‘BUT I DON’T LIKE GERMAN. IT ISN’T AT ALL A BECOMING LANGUAGE. I KNOW PERFECTLY WELL THAT I LOOK QUITE PLAIN AFTER MY GERMAN LESSON.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #germanlanguage at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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JACK: ‘OH, THAT’S NONSENSE, ALGY. YOU NEVER TALK ANYTHING BUT NONSENSE.’ ALGERNON: ‘NOBODY EVER DOES.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #nonsense at British Museum

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JACK: ‘IF YOU DON’T TAKE CARE, YOUR FRIEND BUNBURY WILL GET YOU INTO A SERIOUS SCRAPE SOME DAY.’ ALGERNON: ‘I LOVE SCRAPES. THEY ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT ARE NEVER SERIOUS.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #davidinshaw #robinredbreast #scrapes #bunbury

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ALGERNON: ‘I HOPE TOMORROW WILL BE A FINE DAY, LANE.’ LANE: ‘IT NEVER IS, SIR.’ ALGERNON: ‘LANE, YOU’RE A PERFECT PESSIMIST.’ LANE: ‘I DO MY BEST TO GIVE SATISFACTION, SIR.’ . . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #rossbonfanti @rebeccahossackartgallery #concreatures #angel #pessimist at Rebecca Hossack

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GWENDOLEN: ‘WHATEVER INFLUENCE I EVER HAD OVER MAMMA, I LOST AT THE AGE OF THREE.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday at British Museum

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GWENDOLEN: ‘FEW PARENTS NOWADAYS PAY ANY REGARD TO WHAT THEIR CHILDREN SAY TO THEM. THE OLD-FASHIONED RESPECT FOR THE YOUNG IS FAST DYING OUT. ‘ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #parenting #picasso

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GWENDOLEN: ‘ALGY, YOU ALWAYS ADOPT A STRICTLY IMMORAL ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE. YOU ARE NOT QUITE OLD ENOUGH TO DO THAT.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #immoral #eagle #stainedglass #anglicanchurchgrasse #giftofqueenvctoria #queenvictoria at Grasse

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JACK: ‘CECILY AND GWENDOLEN ARE PERFECTLY CERTAIN TO BE EXTREMELY GREAT FRIENDS. I’LL BET YOU ANYTHING YOU LIKE THAT HALF AN HOUR AFTER THEY HAVE MET THEY WILL BE CALLING EACH OTHER SISTER.’ ALGERNON: ‘WOMEN ONLY DO THAT AFTER THEY HAVE CALLED EACH OTHER A LOT OF OTHER THINGS FIRST.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #nikidesaintphalle #dragon #sisterhood at Giardino dei Tarocchi

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JACK WORTHING: ‘CECILY IS NOT A SILLY ROMANTIC GIRL , I AM GLAD TO SAY. SHE HAS GOT A CAPITAL APPETITE, GOES LONG WALKS, AND PAYS NO ATTENTION AT ALL TO HER LESSONS.’ . #theimportanceofbeingearnest . . #oscar #wilde #oscarwilde #oscariana #wittyquote #thoughtfortheday #quoteoftheday #goodappetite #chineseart #rooster at British Museum

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