Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan (Cynics and Sentimentalists)

Lord Darlington: What cynics you fellows are!

Cecil Graham: What is a cynic?

Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Cecil Graham: And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing.

Lord Darlington: You always amuse me, Cecil. You talk as if you were a man of experience.

Cecil Graham: I am.

Lord Darlington: You are far too young!

Cecil Graham: That is a great error. Experience is a question of instinct about life. I have got it. Tuppy hasn’t. Experience is the name Tuppy gives to his mistakes. That is all.

Dumby: Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.

Cecil Graham: One shouldn’t commit any.

Dumby: Life would be very dull without them.

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