124: OSCAR WILDE QUOTES

“Zingcreed – an Atheist/Christian manifesto, a personal polemic by Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”

Why Oscar Wilde? What’s this Victorian novelist and play-write got to do with Jesus?
One thing- he used aphorisms or maxims like Jesus did; those memorable one-liners that stick in our minds. By collecting a few of his best, and those of Bernard Shaw at a later date, I hope to appreciate Jesus’ skill with this word form better.

1/ “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

2/ “When I was young, I used to think that the most important thing in life was money. Now that I am older, I know it is.”

3/ “The virtues of the poor are readily to be admitted and are much to be regretted. Why should they be grateful for the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table? They should be seated at the board and are beginning to know it.”

4/ “He who would be free must not conform.”

5/ “When authority is violently, grossly, and cruelly used, it produces a good effect, by creating the spirit of revolt that is to kill it.”

6/ “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.”

7/ “Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community, and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is why agitators are so abundantly necessary.”

8/ “Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.”

9/ “Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.”

10/ “The fact is that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.”

11/ “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”

12/ “There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. They can think of nothing else; that is the misery of being poor.”

13/ “To live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all.”

14/ “A community is infinitely more brutalised  by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.”

15/ “Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them women will forgive them everything, even their gigantic egos.”

16/ “Individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. Therein lies its immense value.”

17/ “The bad popes loved Beauty with as much passion as the good popes hated thought.”

18/ “If the lower orders don’t set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?”

19/ “To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

20/ “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”

21/ “A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely.”

22/ “Ah! don’t say that you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.”

23/ “As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.”

24/ “There is no sin except stupidity.”

25/ “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

26/ “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

27/ “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.”

28/ “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

29/ “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

30/ “A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?”

31/ “One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.”

32/ “The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with revelations.”

33/ “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

34/ “I have nothing to declare except my genius.”

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