Oscar Wilde quote about dilemma from The Importance of Being Earnest - I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
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I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

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

Context

“I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. There are far too many idle men in London as it is. How old are you?
jack. Twenty-nine.
Lady Bracknell. A very good age to be married at. I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing. Which do you know?
jack. [After some hesitation.] I know nothing, Lady Bracknell.
Lady Bracknell. I am pleased to hear it. I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.” source

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