Oscar Wilde quote about sincerity from The Importance of Being Earnest - In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.
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In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.
 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

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Gwendolen. Yes, dear, if you can believe him.
Cecily. I don't. But that does not affect the wonderful beauty of his answer.
Gwendolen. True. In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing. Mr. Worthing, what explanation can you offer to me for pretending to have a brother? Was it in order that you might have an opportunity of coming up to town to see me as often as possible?
jack. Can you doubt it, Miss Fairfax?” source

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