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He may keep the law, and yet be worthless. He may break the law and yet be fine. I don't like compliments, and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean. Oh, that is altogether immaterial, except to the proprietor, who of course charges it in the bill.

A gentleman never looks out of the window. A bad man is the sort of man who admires innocence, and a bad woman is the sort of woman a man never gets tired of.

If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him. What on earth should we men do going about with purity and innocence? A carefully thought-out buttonhole is much more effective. That would show he had no taste or make one suspect that he had too much.

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What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance. Men who are trying to do something for the world, are always insufferable, when the world has done something for them, they are charming.

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But he should be pitiless, quite pitiless, in reproaching us for the virtues we have never dreamed of possessing. There is something positively brutal about the good temper of most modern men.

I wonder we women stand it as well as we do. Men are appealed to through their eyes—women through their ears. It was inevitable, therefore, that women should find Oscar Wilde attractive. They were charmed by his conversation, his understanding, his flattery, his sympathy and his apparent interest in them. On his return from America Wilde, talking of the fuss made of him by the American women, said he had employed two secretaries, one being responsible for the autographs, the other for the locks of his hair, and that in six months the first had died of writer's cramp—the other was completely bald.

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.

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Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons. It always means they have a history. I don't know that women are always rewarded for being charming. I think they are usually punished for it! If a woman really repents, she never wishes to return to the society that has made or seen her ruin. I don't think there is a woman in the world who would not be a little flattered if one made love to her. It is that which makes women so irresistibly adorable. Good women have such limited views of life, their horizon is so small, their interests are so petty.

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never have time.

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They are always so occupied in being jealous of other people's husbands. Thirty-five is a very attractive age, London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. No woman, plain or pretty, has any common sense at all. Common sense is the privilege of our sex. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. Women love us for our defects.

If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our own gigantic intellects. My dear young lady, there was a great deal of truth, I dare say, in what you said, and you looked very pretty while you said it, which is much more important.

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I don't believe in women thinking too much. Women should think in moderation, as they should do all things in moderation. American girls are as clever at concealing their parents as English women are at concealing their past. I would have married any one of them with pleasure. The first had great dignity, the second a lovely voice, the third a perfect figure.

I am afraid that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters all the same. What have women who have not sinned to do with me, or I with them?

We do not understand each other. Women are not meant to judge us, but to forgive us when we need forgiveness Pardon not punishment, is their mission. Most women in London, nowadays, seem to furnish their rooms with nothing but orchids, foreigners, and French novels. The history of women is the history of the worst form of tyranny the world has ever known. The tyranny of the weak over the strong. More information about this seller Contact this seller 1. From: Dunaway Books St. Louis, MO, U. Condition: Used. More information about this seller Contact this seller 2. More information about this seller Contact this seller 3.

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