• Preface

  • Oscar Wilde

    The artist is the creator of beautiful things.

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  • To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.

  • The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

  • Oscar Wilde

    The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography.

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  • Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.

  • This is a fault.

  • Oscar Wilde

    Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated.

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  • For these there is hope.

  • They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

  • Oscar Wilde

    There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.

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  • Books are well written, or badly written.

  • That is all.

  • Oscar Wilde

    The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

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  • The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.

  • The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium.

  • No artist desires to prove anything.

  • Even things that are true can be proved.

  • No artist has ethical sympathies.

  • An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.