We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

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Upon my word, you are very romantic to-night

CECIL GRAHAM:
Now, my dear Tuppy, don’t be led astray into the paths of virtue. Reformed, you would be perfectly tedious. That is the worst of women. They always want one to be good. And if we are good, when they meet us, they don’t love us at all. They like to find us quite irretrievably bad, and to leave us quite unattractively good.

LORD DARLINGTON:
[Rising from R. table, where he has been writing letters.] They always do find us bad!

DUMBY:
I don’t think we are bad. I think we are all good, except Tuppy.

LORD DARLINGTON:
No, we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. [Sits down at C. table.]

DUMBY:
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars? Upon my word, you are very romantic to-night, Darlington.

CECIL GRAHAM:
Too romantic! You must be in love. Who is the girl?

LORD DARLINGTON:
The woman I love is not free, or thinks she isn’t. [Glances instinctively at LORD WINDERMERE while he speaks.]

CECIL GRAHAM:
A married woman, then! Well, there’s nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It’s a thing no married man knows anything about.

LORD DARLINGTON:
Oh! she doesn’t love me. She is a good woman. She is the only good woman I have ever met in my life.

by Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)
from Lady Windermere’s Fan: a play about a good woman
Act III
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One Response to “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”

  1. QThomasBower Says:

    One of my favorite quotes, and the genesis for a satirical rewriting, or perhaps I should say mis-wording, I uttered one night leaving a bar in San Francicso:

    “Well, I may be lying in the gutter, but at least I can see the stars through my toes!”

    It’s so wrong, on so many levels….

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