Only the shallow know themselves.

Only the shallow know themselves. God knows; I won't be an Oxford don anyhow. I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Or perhaps I'll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then—who knows?—rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too.

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Posts tagged The Critic As Artist

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

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Oscar Wilde (via theanglicist)

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

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Oscar Wilde (via fallen-soul7)

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"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

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Oscar Wilde, The Critic As Artist (via silverblueandgold)

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

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Oscar WildeThe Critic as Artist (via prospice-ad-astra)

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"Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways."

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"For the real artist is he who proceeds, not from feeling to form, but from form to thought and passion. He does not first conceive an idea, and then say to himself, ‘I will put my idea into a complex metre of fourteen lines,’ but, realising the beauty of the sonnet-scheme, he conceives certain modes of music and methods of rhyme, and the mere form suggests what is to fill it and make it intellectually and emotionally complete. From time to time the world cries out against some charming artistic poet, because, to use its hackneyed and silly phrase, he has ‘nothing to say.’ But if he had something to say, he would probably say it, and the result would be tedious. It is just because he has no new message, that he can do beautiful work. He gains his inspiration from form, and from form purely, as an artist should. A real passion would ruin him. Whatever actually occurs is spoiled for art. All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic."

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Oscar Wilde - “The Critic as Artist,” pp. 42-3 (via writingcapital)

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

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Oscar Wilde, 1888 (via porcelain-bones)

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

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Oscar Wilde (via kennyimperial)

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

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Oscar Wilde (via corpsie)

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

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Oscar Wilde (via sideshowknob)

"Conversation should touch everything but should concentrate itself on nothing."

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Oscar Wilde (via nicoleshumskaya)

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world"

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"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."

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Oscar Wilde, Poet (via coreymkimball)