My mind is my shelter

Felicia

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future”

Oscar“When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value.”

“Most women are so artificial that they have no sense of Art.
Most men are so natural that they have no sense of Beauty.”

“The only thing that the artist cannot see is the obvious. The only thing that the public can see is the obvious. The result is the Criticism of the Journalist.”

“The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. The only thing that can console one for being rich is economy.”

“Public opinion exists only where there are no ideas.”

“The criminal classes are so close to us that even the policemen can see them. They are so far away from us that only the poet can understand them.”

“Those whom the gods love grow young.”

To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.

“When you really want love you will find it waiting for you.”

“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.”

“The gods are strange. It is not our vices only they make instruments to scourge us. They bring us to ruin through what in us is good, gentle, humane, loving.

“I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws.”

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”

“Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling.”

“Love does not traffic in a marketplace, nor use a huckster’s scales. Its joy, like the joy of the intellect, is to feel itself alive. The aim of Love is to love: no more, and no less. You were my enemy: such an enemy as no man ever had. I had given you all my life, and to gratify the lowest and most contemptible of all human passions, hatred and vanity and greed, you had thrown it away. In less than three years you had entirely ruined me in every point of view. For my own sake there was nothing for me to do but to love you.”

“Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live.”

“The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?”

“I don’t write this letter to put bitterness into your heart, but to pluck it out of mine. For my own sake I must forgive you.”

“It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little. I discern great sanity in the Greek attitude. They never chattered about sunsets, or discussed whether the shadows on the grass were really mauve or not. But they saw that the sea was for the swimmer, and the sand for the feet of the runner. They loved the trees for the shadow that they cast, and the forest for its silence at noon.”

“Sorrow…is a wound that bleeds when any hand but that of love touches it”

“Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little often share.”

Oscar_Wilde_by_Napoleon_SaronyWhat the artist is always looking for is the mode of existence in which soul and body are one and Indivisible: in which the outward is expressive of the inward: in which form reveals.”

“The great things of life are what they seem to be, and for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, are often difficult to interpret. But the little things of life are symbols. We receive our bitter lessons most easily through them.”

“Every single human being should be the fulfilment of a prophecy: for every human being should be the realization of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man.”

“What the paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the sphere of passion. Desire, at the end, was a malady, or a madness, or both.”

“When you are not on your pedestal you are not interesting.”

“The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one’s heart—hearts are made to be broken—but that it turns one’s heart to stone.

A sentimentalist is simply one who wants to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it. We think we can have our emotions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing emotions have to be paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine. The intellectual and emotional life of ordinary people is a very contemptible affair. Just as they borrow their ideas from a sort of circulating library of thought—-the Zeitgeist of an age that has no soul—-and send them back soiled at the end of each week, so they always try to get their emotions on credit, and refuse to pay the bill when it comes in. You should pass out of that conception of life. As soon as you have to pay for an emotion you will know its quality, and be the better for such knowledge. And remember that the sentimentalist is always a cynic at heart. Indeed, sentimentality is merely the bank holiday of cynicism.”

“It is only when one has lost all things, that one knows that one possesses it”

“Nothing really at any period of my life was ever of the smallest importance to me compared with Art. But in the case of an artist, weakness is nothing less than a crime, when it is a weakness that paralyses the imagination”

oscar-wilde “He sees all the lovely influences of life as modes of light: the imagination itself is the world of light. The world is made by it, and yet the world cannot understand it: that is because the imagination is simply a manifestation of love, and it is love and the capacity for it that distinguishes one human being from another.”

“One can realize a thing in a single moment, but one loses it in the long hours that follow with leaden feet. ”

“All those who come in contact with his [Christ’s] personality, even though they may neither bow to his altar or kneel before his priest, in some way find that the ugliness of their sin is taken away and the beauty of their sorrow is revealed to them.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation”

“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.”

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future”

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love, women like to be a man’s last romance.

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

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

Oscar Wilde

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