Oscar Wilde quote about virtue from The Picture of Dorian Gray - Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
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Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Picture of Dorian Gray
Topic virtue stupidity motive
Date 1890
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/174/174-h/174-h.htm

Context

“"But think of Dorian's birth, and position, and wealth. It would be absurd for him to marry so much beneath him."
"If you want to make him marry this girl, tell him that, Basil. He is sure to do it, then. Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives."
"I hope the girl is good, Harry. I don't want to see Dorian tied to some vile creature, who might degrade his nature and ruin his intellect."
"Oh, she is better than good—she is beautiful," murmured Lord Henry, sipping a glass of vermouth and orange-bitters.” source

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