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The Decay of Lying The Decay of Lying by Oscar Wilde
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“Paradox though it may seem - and paradoxes are always dangerous things - it is none the less true that Life imitates art far more than Art imitates life.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“Nothing is more evident than that Nature hates mind. Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“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, The Decay of Lying
tags: art, nature
“The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that have influenced us.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“M. Zola sits down to give us a picture of the Second Empire. Who cares for the Second Empire now? It is out of date. Life goes faster than Realism, but Romanticism is always in front of Life.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“My dear fellow, I am prepared to prove anything.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“The only real people are the people who never existed, and if a novelist is base enough to go to life for his personages he should at least pretend that they are creations, and not boast of them as copies.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“Practice precedes perfection.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“If something cannot be done to check, or at least to modify, our monstrous worship of facts, art will become sterile and beauty will pass away from the land.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
tags: art
“The only beautiful things, as somebody once said, are the things that do not concern us. As long as a thing is useful or necessary to us, or affects us in any way, either for pain or for pleasure, or appeals strongly to our sympathies, or is a vital part of the environment in which we live, it is outside the proper sphere of art. To art's subjectmatter we should be more or less indifferent. We should, at any rate, have no preferences, no prejudices, no partisan feeling of any kind. It is exactly because Hecuba is nothing to us that her sorrows are such an admirable motive for a tragedy.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“Art begins with abstract decoration with purely imaginative and pleasurable work dealing with what is unreal and non existent.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
“The justification of a character in a novel is not that other persons are what they are, but that the author is what he is.”
Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying