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English: Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length por...

English: Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, seated, leaning forward, left elbow resting on knee, hand to chin, holding walking stick in right hand, wearing coat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“[T]he recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain, not growth, its aim. So that man thought that the important thing is to have, and did not not know that the important thing is to be.”

–Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism


“If we lived long enough to see the results of our actions it may be that those who call themselves good would be sickened with a dull remorse, and those whom the world calls evil stirred by a noble joy.”

–Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist


“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”

–Oscar Wilde

quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

Front cover of "The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations


Oscar Wilde in New York

Oscar Wilde in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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

–Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

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“I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simple beasts. I would sooner have fifty unnatural vices than one unnatural virtue.”

–Oscar Wilde, quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations cover


“Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. For a town or country laborer to practice thrift would be absolutely immoral. Man should not be ready to show that he can live like a badly fed animal.”

–Oscar Wilde, quoted by Jack London in People of the Abyss