Oscar Wilde quote about family from The Importance of Being Earnest - 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.
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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.
 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Importance of Being Earnest
Topic family boredom
Date 1895
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm

Context

“In any case, she is a monster, without being a myth, which is rather unfair . . . I beg your pardon, Algy, I suppose I shouldn't talk about your own aunt in that way before you.
Algernon. My dear boy, I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. 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.
jack. Oh, that is nonsense!
Algernon. It isn't!
jack. Well, I won't argue about the matter. You always want to argue about things.” source

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