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The Decay of Lying Quotes

At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

What is interesting about people in good Society is the mask that each one of them wears, not the reality that lies behind the mask.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

The more one analyzes people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

In fact the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people… The Japanese people are … simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Art never expresses anything but itself.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, and its lack of imagination and of high unattainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopted for its national hero a man who, according to his own confession, was incapable of telling a lie, and it is not too much to say that the story of George Washington and the cherry-tree has done more harm, and in a shorter space of time, than any other moral tale in the whole of literature.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognise the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

I quite admit that modern novels have many good points. All I insist on is that, as a class, they are quite unreadable.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

As one turns over the pages the suspense of the author becomes unbearable.
On 1890s novelist James Payn, The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Ah! Meredith! Who can define him His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language: as a novelist he can do anything, except tell a story: as an artist he is everything, except articulate.
On George Meredith, The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

In modern days … the fashion of writing poetry has become far too common, and should, if possible, be discouraged.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

We don’t want to be harrowed and disgusted with an account of the doings of the lower orders.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

It is always the unreadable that occurs.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
The Decay of Lying, Oscar Wilde