Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Wicked Wit of Oscar Wilde - quotes continued

It is only the auctioneer who should admire all schools of arts.

One should either be a work of art of wear a work of art.

After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I never committed, and mourning over tradegies that were not my own. Music always seems to produce that effect.

If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it in conversation.

But love is not fashionable any more, the poets have killed it. They wrote so much about it that nobody believed them.

There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us what little importance such events really have.

The fact is the public have an insatiable curiousity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesmanlike habits, supplies their demands.

I am not at all in favour of amusements for the poor, Jane. Blankets and coal are sufficient.

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.

It is a sad fact, but there is no doubt that the poor are completely unconsciou of their own picturesqueness.

No gentleman dines before seven.

What is a cynic?
The man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age. I consider that for any man to accept the standard of his age is a form of the grosses immorality.

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling I have always cultivated.

There is no such thing as an immoral books. Books are either well written, or badly written. That is all.

All excess, as well as renunciation, brings its own punishment.

There are few things easier than to live badly and to die well.
Murder is always a mistake...One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.  

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