Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. – Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was quite the interesting fellow. Among his many famous quotes and sayings, there are gems of wisdom, as well as a number of oddities.
Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art.
He was born in Dublin with five names, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills. He had successful parents, one a surgeon and the other a writer, but was estranged from them later in life for his lifestyle choices. He was educated at Oxford and pursued success in London.
His writing took many forms and covered many topics, including art and writing, politics and reform, and all of it with wit and insight. He saw and experienced the world through different eyes and that is part of what gave us his vast collection of compelling quotes.
His name comes up nearly every time I am searching for inspiring quotes and they always resonate. Well, almost always. What is true is that he always makes me think.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Do you have any artists or writers that spark questions and provoke thought in you? Any favorite quotes? I’d love to hear them.