Oscar Wilde quote about love from A Woman of No Importance - Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance.
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Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance.
 Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance (1893). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source A Woman of No Importance
Topic love men women
Date 1893
Language English
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Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/854/854-h/854-h.htm

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“Unfortunately, however, I made no enquiries of any kind till after I had been actually married four or five months. I found out then that what he had told me was perfectly true. And that sort of thing makes a man so absolutely uninteresting.
Lady Hunstanton. My dear!
Mrs. Allonby. Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance.
Lady Stutfield. I see what you mean. It's very, very beautiful.
Lady Hunstanton. My dear child, you don't mean to tell me that you won't forgive your husband because he never loved any one else?” source

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