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The Critic as Artist Quotes

We live in the age of the over-worked, and under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Action … is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Yes, the public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde

In literature mere egotism is delightful … Even in actual life egotism is not without its attractions. When people talk to us about others they are usually dull. When they talk to us about themselves they are nearly always interesting, and if one could shut them up, when they become wearisome, as easily as one can shut up a book of which one has grown wearied, they would be perfect absolutely.
The Critic as Artist, Oscar Wilde