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27 search results for "Oscar Wilde"

  1. the state as a voluntary association
    There is no such thing as governing mankind, as a wise man once said, there is such a thing as leaving mankind alone. All modes of government are
    #authority #society
  2. public beauty and novelty
    The one thing that the public dislike is novelty. The vitality and progress of art depend in a large measure on the continual extension of
    #culture #artist #conformity
  3. art is individualism
    George Orwell summarised, “In effect, the world will be populated by artists, each striving after perfection in the way that seems best to
    #individuality #artist #quotes #subject
  4. tyrannies over body and soul
    There is the despot who tyrannises over the body (Prince). There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul (Pope). There is the despot who
  5. to sympathise with a friend’s success
    Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature—it requires, in fact, the nature of a true
    #individuality #sympathy
  6. the slavery of the machine
    It is mentally and morally injurious to man to do anything in which he does not find pleasure. It is impossible to sweep the streets with mental,
    #technology #culture
  7. sympathy with joy is naturally rare
    When man has realised Individualism, he will also realise sympathy and exercise it freely and spontaneously. All sympathy is fine, but sympathy with
    #individuality #sympathy #suffering
  8. social classes partial realisation
    No class is ever really conscious of its own suffering. They have to be told of it by other people, and they often entirely disbelieve them … The
    #culture #individuality
  9. selfishness is to make claims upon others
    Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live, always aims at creating around it an absolute
    #egocentric #altruism
  10. selfishness and altruism
    from The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891), Oscar Wilde: exaggerated altruistic virtues original virtue through disobedience selfishness is to
    #egocentric #benevolence #subject
  11. russia perfection by pain
    No one who lived in modern Russia could possibly realise his perfection except by pain. A few Russian artists have realised themselves in Art; in a
    #suffering #medieval #artist
  12. progress is the realisation of Utopias
    Progress is the realisation of Utopias. A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one
    #future #artist
  13. philosophy in interpretative symbolic fiction
    His people not merely live, but they live in thought. One can see them from myriad points of view. They are suggestive. There is soul in them and
  14. perfections charity and conformity
    There are as many perfections as there are imperfect men. And while to the claims of charity a man may yield and yet be free, to the claims of
  15. pain provisional mode of realisation
    The terrible truth that pain is a mode through which man may realise himself exercises a wonderful fascination over the world, it is rarely in the
  16. original virtue through disobedience
    Man’s original virtue is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Sometimes the poor are
  17. journalism supplies insatiable curiosity
    The public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the
    #experts #mimetic #journalism
  18. individualism realisation receptivity and imagination
    art as mode of individualism true artist and amusing craftsman to create for the artistic joy receptivity and imaginative medium be thyself and the
    #artist #individuality #imagination
  19. individualism and family life
    Socialism would relieve us from that sordid necessity of living for others which presses so hardly upon almost everybody now. It annihilates family
    #individuality #property
  20. exaggerated altruistic virtues
    Altruistic impulses of charity, benevolence, and the like are admirable, though misdirected intentions — degrade and demoralise … It is much more
    #altruism #benevolence #artist
  21. confusion of private property
    Property has so many duties that its possession to any large extent involves endless claims upon one, endless attention to business. If property had
    #property #security #individuality #materialism
  22. community and authority over art
    The barbarous conception of authority and the recognition of popular authority are fatal. It comes from the natural inability of a community
    #authority #individuality #artist #community
  23. change predictable human quality
    The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes, change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail
  24. change conformity, disobedience, and novelty
    original virtue through disobedience art as mode of individualism to create for the artistic joy public beauty and novelty change predictable human
    #change #disobedience #artist #conformity
  25. be thyself and the ideas of Jesus
    ‘Know thyself’ was written over the portal of the antique world. ‘Be thyself’ — the message of Christ to man—shall be written over the portal of the
    #christian #individuality #society
  26. true artist and amusing craftsman
    The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself, takes no notice whatever of the public, a beautiful
    #artist #culture
  27. to create for the artistic joy
    Things people say of a man do not alter a man, he is what he is, public opinion is of no value whatsoever. To create not for the artistic joy, but
    #artist #individuality