Histrionic dandy: Wilde



Having been an Irish writer and poet, Oscar Wilde is associated with the artistic and philosophical aestheticism movement, not least because of his great commitment. His statements were known to be uncomfortable and disturbing. In a way, he was chliched drama and awkward truth at the same time. Being actor and mask carrier, innocent and humble contemplation of beauty evermore was his main drive throughout his entire life.


Let you venture an insight into his thoughts world:

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.

Only the shallow know themselves.

Psycholog­y is in its infancy, as a science. I hope in the interests of Art, it will always remain so.

Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror.

Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

The recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses.

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.

Be warned in time, James, and remain, as I do, incomprehensible: to be great is to be misunderstood.

One should always be a little improbable.

About mask carrierdom:

To the world I seem, by intention on my part, a dilettante and dandy merely – it is not wise to show one’s heart to the world – and as seriousness of manner is the disguise of the fool, folly in its exquisite modes of triviality and indifference and lack of care is the robe of the wise man. In so vulgar an age as this we all need masks.