A Woman of No Importance (Google eBook)

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L. Smithers, 1903 - English drama (Comedy) - 154 pages
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User Review  - Mashyitah Vallée - Goodreads

I've just started re-reading this play and I think this is one of my favourite writings of Wilde. He describes the treatment of a woman who has no means and is of little importance. It is a timeless ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aamil Syed - Goodreads

Well of course, Oscar Wilde doesn't need a stamp of approval. But I feel compelled to talk about his work because I don't want anyone to miss the pleasure of reading him. And the best thing is that ... Read full review

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Page 151 - Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely if ever do they forgive them...
Page 60 - You rich people in England, you don't know how you are living. How could you know? You shut out from your society the gentle and the good. You laugh at the simple and the pure. Living, as you all do, on others and by them, you sneer at self-sacrifice, and if you throw bread to the poor, it is merely to keep them quiet for a season. With all your pomp and wealth and art you don't know how to live - you don't even know that. You love the beauty that you can see and touch and handle, the beauty that...
Page 29 - Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin ; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
Page 94 - Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Page 91 - To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy. Society is a necessary thing. No man has any real success in this world unless he has got women to back him, and women rule society. If you have not got women on...
Page 90 - Well, what you have to do at present is simply to fit yourself for the best society. A man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites who are going to rule.
Page 97 - They never rescue me. I am left to sink. I have a dim idea, dear Lord Illingworth, that you are always on the side of the sinners, and I know I always try to be on the side of the saints, but that is as far as I get. And after all, it may be merely the fancy of a drowning person. LORD ILLINGWORTH The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
Page 91 - Oh ! talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.
Page 61 - If a man and woman have sinned, let them both go forth into the desert to love or loathe each other there. Let them both be branded. Set a mark, if you wish, on each, but don't punish the one and let the other go free. Don't have one law for men and another for women.
Page 71 - ALGERNON. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

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