Oscar Wilde Quotes About Having

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"Art creates an incomparable and unique effect, and, having done so, passes on to other things. Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating this effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it." ~ Oscar Wilde
"If we're always guided by other people's thoughts, what's the point in having our own?" ~ Oscar Wilde
"A poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry he cannot write. The others write the poetry they dare not realise." ~ Oscar Wilde
"Most people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honour." ~ Oscar Wilde
"Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not." ~ Oscar Wilde
"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." ~ Oscar Wilde
"The political independence of a nation must not be confused with any intellectual isolation. The spiritual freedom, indeed, your own generous lives and liberal air will give you. From us you will learn the classical restraint of form. For all great art is delicate art, roughness having very little to do with strength, and harshness very little to do with power. ‘The artist,' as Mr. Swinburne says, ‘must be perfectly articulate.' This limitation is for the artist perfect freedom: it is at once the origin and the sign of his strength. So that all the supreme masters of style - Dante, Sophocles, Shakespeare - are the supreme masters of spiritual and intellectual vision also. Love art for its own sake, and then all things that you need will be added to you." ~ Oscar Wilde
"The post on her left was occupied by Mr. Erskine of Treadley, an old gentleman of considerable charm and culture, who had fallen, however, into bad habits of silence, having, as he explained once to Lady Agatha, said everything that he had to say before he was thirty." ~ Oscar Wilde
"He was conscious—and the thought brought a gleam of pleasure into his brown agate eyes—that it was through certain words of his, musical words said with musical utterance, that Dorian Gray's soul had turned to this white girl and bowed in worship before her. To a large extent the lad was his own creation. He had made him premature. That was something. Ordinary people waited till life disclosed to them its secrets, but to the few, to the elect, the mysteries of life were revealed before the veil was drawn away. Sometimes this was the effect of art, and chiefly of the art of literature, which dealt immediately with the passions and the intellect. But now and then a complex personality took the place and assumed the office of art, was indeed, in its way, a real work of art, life having its elaborate masterpieces, just as poetry has, or sculpture, or painting." ~ Oscar Wilde
"I am less to you than your ivory Hermes or your silver Faun. You will like them always. How long will you like me? Till I have my first wrinkle, I suppose. I know, now, that when one loses one's good looks, whatever they may be, one loses everything. Your picture has taught me that. Lord Henry Wotton is perfectly right. Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself." ~ Oscar Wilde
"I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves." ~ Oscar Wilde
"Lady Bracknell. Good afternoon, dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving very well.Algernon. I'm feeling very well, Aunt Augusta.Lady Bracknell. That's not quite the same thing. In fact the two things rarely go together." ~ Oscar Wilde
"I don't regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience." ~ Oscar Wilde
"The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize." ~ Oscar Wilde
"America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself." ~ Oscar Wilde
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A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself."
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