Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.

Personal Impressions of America (Leadville) (1883).
tagged: appearance, words

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More from Oscar Wilde

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

Quoted in "Oscar Wilde, an idler's impression" By Edgar Saltus (1917)

Disobedience is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

Such idle dreams belong
To souls of lesser depth than mine;
I feel that I am half devine;
I know that I am great and strong.

Lotus Leaves (poem)

I can’t help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.