Oscar Wilde: Those Who Know

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“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”

“I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But 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. You have that moment now. Choose!”

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

“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

“The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.”

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

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

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.”

All quotes by Oscar Wilde

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2 responses to “Oscar Wilde: Those Who Know

  1. Deb

    Lovely Aimee and so true.

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