Oscar Wilde quote about life from Lady Windermere's Fan - But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.
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But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.
 Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan (1893). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source Lady Windermere's Fan
Topic life hypocrisy choice
Date 1893
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/790/790-h/790-h.htm

Context

“You did not know it then—you know it now! Leave this house to-night. I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a great deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose! Oh, my love, choose.
Lady Windermere. [Moving slowly away from him, and looking at him with startled eyes.] I have not the courage.
Lord Darlington. [Following her.]” source

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