Oscar Wilde Archive

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I don’t think England should be represented abroad by an unmarried man

I don’t think England should be represented abroad by an unmarried man… It might lead to complications. Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

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Englishwomen conceal their feelings until after they are married

Englishwomen conceal their feelings until after they are married. They show them then. Oscar Wilde, A Woman of no Importance

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The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable

One knows so well the popular idea of health: the English country gentleman galloping after a fox—the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde

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We have really everything in common with America nowadays

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost

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England has three great things

England has three great things: tea, that comes from India, and Oscar Wilde and me, who are Irishmen. George Bernard Shaw

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In England education produces no effect whatsoever

In England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square. Oscar Wilde

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Before whose feet the worlds divide

Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! what shall men say of thee, Before whose feet the worlds divide? Oscar Wilde, Ave Imperatrix

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Blatant and bumptious

To many, no doubt, he will seem to be somewhat blatant and bumptious, but we prefer to regard him as being simply British. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Book review, Pall Mall Gazette (London, 1 8 Nov. 1 886).
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