Oscar Wilde quote about self-love from The Importance of Being Earnest - I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
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I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Importance of Being Earnest
Topic self-love reading diary narcissism
Date 1895
Language English
Reference The Importance of Being Earnest, Act II
Note Gwendolen line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm

Context

“[Examines diary through her lorgnettte carefully.] It is certainly very curious, for he asked me to be his wife yesterday afternoon at 5.30. If you would care to verify the incident, pray do so. [Produces diary of her own.] I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. I am so sorry, dear Cecily, if it is any disappointment to you, but I am afraid I have the prior claim.
Cecily. It would distress me more than I can tell you, dear Gwendolen, if it caused you any mental or physical anguish, but I feel bound to point out that since Ernest proposed to you he clearly has changed his mind.” source

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