De Profundis

“But in the case of an artist, weakness is nothing less than a crime, when it is a weakness that paralyses the imagination.”

“Everything must come to one out of one’s own nature. There is no use in telling a person a thing that they don’t feel and can’t understand.”

“‘Nothing is more rare in any man,’ says Emerson, ‘than an act of his own.’ It is quite true. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their life a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

“Art only begins where Imitation ends.”

“And what is true of a bankrupt is true of everyone else in life. For every single thing that is done someone has to pay.”

“Time and space, succession and extension, are merely accidental conditions of Thought. The Imagination can transcend them and move in a free sphere of ideal existences. Things, also, are in their essence what we choose to make them. A thing is, according to the mode in which one looks at it.”

– Oscar Wilde

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