In the picture of Dorian Gray

There are very many sentences that qualify to be treated as quotable quotes. Besides that, the novel is such a fine read.

In one place, he has Lord Henry wonder loudly

I wonder who it was defined mab as a rational animal. It was the moat premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Before that, he has Lord Henry complain about ‘always’ not the pads, of course. He says

Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last for ever.

Ans finally, something that reminded me of a quote I read many years ago, he says about temptation;

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.

And in totally unrelated news, the electoral body is still tallying votes since Tuesday night. There should be a much simpler and quicker way to count and tally votes from 46k polling stations.

In case you have not read Humble Pi: a comedy of mathematical errors, I recommend you do. Even if you don’t find it interesting, I bet you will learn something new.

And with that, happy weekend everyone.

Oscar Wilde on life

He writes

Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications…..the world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

Oscar Wilde in Praise of disobedience

Oscar Wilde had some wild thoughts

In one place, he writes that an idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea.

In the same dialogue he writes that the security of society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members.

Man, he says, is least himself when he talks in his person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

And what, you may ask, is truth? To this, his answer is in matters religion, it is simply the opinion that has survived. In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation. In matters of art, it is one’s last mood.

He says there is much to be said in favour of journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

And in what has become too important in our days, he says of art; art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever changing.

I will stop here for now and go back to my reading.

Have a beautiful week everyone and Pink.

Which is it?

Does life imitate art or art imitate life?

According to Oscar Wilde, life imitates art far more than art imitates life. This, he tells us results from the fact that art offers life certain beautiful forms through which it finds expression. He even goes on to say even nature imitates art. We see landscapes not as they are but as described by our poets, artists and so on.

On nature he says the only effects that she can show us are effects that we have already seen through poetry or in paintings.

What do you think?

In the soul of man under socialism

Oscar Wilde argues that humanity would do better under socialism than the way society is currently organised. We should abolish government because, in government, whether a monarchy, oligarchy, theocracy or even democracy, the individual is always under the authority of someone- the prince, the rich, the pope or the mob.

In his view, machines should do mundane work like mining, cleaning our streets and all, that man should aspire to being, not having. In writing about machines, he thinks they should benefit the common weal unlike now when one person owns a machine that does the work of hundreds living them unemployed and starving.

I am tempted to agree with his thoughts on journalism. Most of the journalistic work is horrible. It is meant for the mob and the mob as a group is not intelligent.

Whether his proposals are workable is a different matter altogether.