In married life affection comes when people thoroughly dislike each other.

An Ideal Husband, Lord Goring, Act 3
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More from Oscar Wilde

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.

Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned…. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on.

The Decay of Lying

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

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