Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.

Personal Impressions of America (Leadville) (1883).
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Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.

ALGERNON. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!
JACK. That wouldn’t be at all a bad thing.

Every woman grows up to be her mother: it is her curse. No man does, and that is his.

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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 every one else.

To be good is to be in harmony with oneself. Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others.