"Nature is no great nither who has borne us. She is our creation. it is in our brain that she quickens to life. This are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on how the Arts that have influenced us. To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one sees its beauty."
"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 more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear."
""They are vulgarising mankind. The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, and its lack of imagination and of high unnatainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopted for its hero a a man, who, according to his own confession, 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."
From The Decay of Lying by Oscar Wilde.