Oscar Wilde: Personality

“Public opinion is of no value whatsoever. Even if people employ actual violence, they are not to be violent in turn. That would be to fall to the same low level. After all, even in prison, a man can be quite free. His soul can be free. His personality can be untroubled. He can be at peace. And, above all things, they are not to interfere with other people or judge them in any way. Personality is a very mysterious thing. A man cannot always be estimated by what he does. He may keep the law, and yet be worthless. He may break the law, and yet be fine. He may be bad, without ever doing anything bad. He may commit a sin against society, and yet realize through that sin his true perfection.”
—Oscar Wilde,The Soul of Man Under Socialism.


Oscar Wilde: Cricket

“Cricket requires one to assume such indecent postures.”
~Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde at Oxford

Oscar Wilde at Oxford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oscar Wilde: Friends, acquaintances and enemies

Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length portrait, fa...

Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, seated, leaning forward, left elbow resting on knee, hand to chin, holding walking stick in right hand, wearing coat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”
Oscar Wilde.

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Oscar Wilde: Reproduce that experience

Oscar Wilde at Oxford

Oscar Wilde at Oxford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.”
Oscar Wilde

Mistakes

Oscar Wilde at Oxford

Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
Oscar Wilde