Oscar Wilde quote about love from The Picture of Dorian Gray - Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.
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Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.
 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). copy citation

Context

“When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs."
"Narborough wasn't perfect," cried the old lady.
"If he had been, you would not have loved him, my dear lady," was the rejoinder. "Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects. You will never ask me to dinner again after saying this, I am afraid, Lady Narborough, but it is quite true."
"Of course it is true, Lord Henry. If we women did not love you for your defects, where would you all be?” source

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