“An Ideal Husband” quotes(1999)
Plot – London, 1890. Sir Robert Chiltern is a politician with a bright career ahead. He's also a perfect gentleman and a lovely husband for his wife, the beautiful Lady Chilten. This ideal atmosphere is interrupted by the arrival of Mrs. Cheveley, a woman feared by the whole city. This woman, who wants to win the favor of Sir Robert, threatens him to reveal some dark and dangerous secrets of his past life: the man suddenly feels surrounded and falls into fear. Robert asks help to his friend Lord Arthur Goring, a convinced bachelor and womanizer. Misunderstandings intertwine endlessly and disarrange the various couples. Finally Mrs. Cheveley is induced to silence and Robert reconciles with his wife. Arthur proposes to Mable and many other marriages will follow.
All actors – Peter Vaughan, Rupert Everett, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett, Ben Pullen, Marsha Fitzalan, Julianne Moore, Lindsay Duncan, Neville Phillips, John Wood, Jeremy Northam, Nickolas Graceshow all
“An Ideal Husband” Quotes 29 quotes
“- Lady Markby: I can't help feeling that this disturbing new thing, this higher education of women, will deal a terrible blow to happy married life.
- Mrs. Laura Cheveley: The higher education of men is what I should like to see. Men need it so sadly.
- Lady Markby: They do, dear. But I'm afraid such a scheme would be quite unpractical. I don't...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Sir Robert Chiltern: Do you know, Arthur, I sometimes wish I were you.
- Lord Arthur Goring: Do you know, Robert, sometimes I wish you were too. Except that you would probably make something useful out of my life, and that would never do.”
“To look at a thing is quite different from seeing a thing, and one does not see anything until one sees its beauty.”
“- Sir Robert Chiltern: You could always get married.
- Lord Arthur Goring: It's the always bit that alarms me.”
“- Lord Arthur Goring: I am glad you have called. I am going to give you some advice.
- Mrs. Laura Cheveley: Oh pray, don't. One should never give a woman something that she can't wear in the evening.”
“- Lady Gertrude Chiltern: It is Robert himself who wishes to retire from public life.
- Lord Arthur Goring: Rather than risk losing your love, he would do anything.”
“- Lord Arthur Goring: Gertrude, it is not the perfect, but rather the imperfect who have need of love.
- Lady Gertrude Chiltern: You seem to know a great deal about it all of a sudden.
- Lord Arthur Goring: I hope not. All I know, Gertrude, is that it takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. And even...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Mrs. Laura Cheveley: I want to talk to you about a great political and financial scheme, about this Argentine Canal Company, in fact.
- Sir Robert Chiltern: What a tedious, practical subject for you to talk about Mrs. Cheveley!
- Mrs. Laura Cheveley: I like tedious, practical subjects. What I don't like are tedious, practical people.”
“- Lord Caversham: You are 36.
- Lord Arthur Goring: Shh! Father! I only admit to 32.”
“- Miss Mabel Chiltern: Lord Goring, I gather you're to be congratulated.
- Lord Arthur Goring: There's nothing I like more than to be congratulated, though invariably I find the pleasure immeasurably increased when I know what for.”
“Wonderful woman, Lady Markby, isn't she? Talks more and says less than anybody I ever met.”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
“There comes a time in every son's life when he must, indeed, follow his father's advice: I shall go to bed at once.”
“- Mrs. Laura Cheveley: We were quite well suited, as I recall.
- Lord Arthur Goring: You were poor, I was rich, it must have suited you very well. And then you met the Baron, who was even richer. And that suited you better.”
“- Countess: Aren't you going to congratulate me?
- Lord Arthur Goring: Congratulations.
- Countess: Aren't you going to ask what for?
- Lord Arthur Goring: What for?
- Countess: I've made a great decision. I've decided to get married.
- Lord Arthur Goring: My God! Who to?
- Countess: That part is yet to be decided.”
“If you are suggesting, Sir Edward, that my position in society owes anything to my wife, you are utterly mistaken. It owes everything to my wife.”
“- Lord Arthur Goring: Shouldn't you be in bed, Miss Mabel?
- Miss Mabel Chiltern: Lord Goring!
- Lord Arthur Goring: My father always tells me to go to bed, so I don't see why I shouldn't give you the same advice. I always pass on good advice. It is the only sensible thing to do with it.”
“In the old days, we had the rack. Nowadays, we have the press.”