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The Soul of Man Under Socialism Quotes

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

The public has always, and in every age, been badly brought up.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Charity creates a multitude of sins.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

‘Know thyself’ was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, ‘Be thyself’ shall be written.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

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.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Man reaches his perfection, not through what he has, not even through what he does, but entirely through what he is.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

The things people say of a man do not alter a man. He is what he is. Public opinion is of no value whatsoever.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

All authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannises over the body. There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde