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

Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The koward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

ALGERNON. Literary criticism is not your forte, my dear fellow. Don’t try it. You should leave that to people who haven’t been at a University. They do it so well in the daily papers. What you really are is a Bunburyist. I was quite right in saying you were a Bunburyist. You are one of the most advanced Bunburyists I know.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

The Critic as Artist (1891)

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.