Oscar Wilde on marriage

June 22, 2010


Algernon. I really don’t see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I’ll certainly try to forget it immediately.

-from The Importance of Being Earnest

(that last line is edited a bit from Wilde, I believe, but it’s how the line was delivered in Ireland and I think it’s improved. I only mention it because a playwright reads this blog and she probably knows.)

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