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

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More from Oscar Wilde

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

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)

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.

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

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.