Oscar Wilde: Aphorims on Life, Art and Beauty

Dernière mise à jour : 20 févr. 2021






Extracts from:


Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man


by Oscar Wilde





Life is terrible. It rules us, we do not rule it.



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Life is simply a 'mauvais quart d'heure' made up of exquisite moments.



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Life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate in farce. One is always wounded when one approaches it. Things last either too long or not long enough.



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



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There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life fully, entirely, completely, or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.



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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist — that is all.



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Comfort is the only thing our civilisation can give us.



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The essence of thought, as the essence of life, is growth.



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The aim of life is self-development. To realise one's nature perfectly — that is what each of us is here for.



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Self-culture is the true ideal for man.