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An Ideal Husband Quotes

28 of the best book quotes from An Ideal Husband
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“Ah, I forgot, your husband is an exception. Mine is the general rule, and nothing ages a woman so rapidly as having married the general rule.”
Oscar Wilde
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An Ideal Husband
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Lady Markby
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men
marriage
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“How you women war against each other!”
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“I would to God that I had been able to tell the truth . . . to live the truth. Ah! that is the great thing in life, to live the truth.”
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“Oh, damn sympathy. There is a great deal too much of that sort of thing going on nowadays.”
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“Ah, nowadays people marry as often as they can, don’t they? It is most fashionable.”
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“We have all feet of clay, women as well as men; but when we men love women, we love them knowing their weaknesses, their follies, their imperfections, love them all the more, it may be, for that reason.”
Sir Robert
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love
men
women
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“Women are not meant to judge us, but to forgive us when we need forgiveness. Pardon, not punishment, is their mission.”
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“All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive.”
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“Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is.”
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“My dear father, only people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons, and only people who are dull ever succeed there.”
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“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.”
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“I delight in talking politics. I talk them all day long. But I can’t bear listening to them.”
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“Circumstances should never alter principles!”
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“Ah! the strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. […] Science can never grapple with the irrational.”
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“Besides, Gertrude, public and private life are different things. They have different laws, and move on different lines.”
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“Sooner or later in political life one has to compromise. Every one does.”
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“You can forget. Men easily forget. And I forgive. That is how women help the world. I see that now.”
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“She loves you, Robert. Why should she not forgive?”
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“Politics are my only pleasure.”
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“No one should be entirely judged by their past.”
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“I will love you always, because you will always be worthy of love.”
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“It is the growth of the moral sense in women that makes marriage such a hopeless, one-sided institution.”
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“Well, I delight in your bad qualities. I wouldn’t have you part with one of them.”
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“It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love.”
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“Nowadays, with our modern mania for morality, every one has to pose as a paragon of purity, incorruptibility, and all the other seven deadly virtues – and what is the result? You all go over like ninepins - one after the other.”
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“Lady Chiltern is a woman of the very highest principles, I am glad to say. I am a little too old now, myself, to trouble about setting a good example, but I always admire people who do.”
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“It is power to do good that is fine – that, and that only.”
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“But women who have common sense are so curiously plain, father, aren’t they?”

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