Oscar Wilde quote about women from The Importance of Being Earnest - My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.
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My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.
 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

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

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“about the clever people, of course.
jack. What fools!
Algernon. By the way, did you tell Gwendolen the truth about your being Ernest in town, and Jack in the country?
jack. [In a very patronising manner.] My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman!
Algernon. The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to some one else, if she is plain.
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