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

An Ideal Husband, Lord Goring, Act 3
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I’ll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious. Or perhaps I’ll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then—who knows?—rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too.

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

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

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious; both are disappointed.

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