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Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man   By: (1854-1900)

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Oscar Wilde's "Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" is a compilation of insightful thoughts and reflections that delve into the very essence of human existence. This collection of aphorisms, originally published in 1891, offers a profound exploration of various philosophical and moral themes.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Wilde's unparalleled wit and eloquence in presenting his ideas. Each aphorism is carefully crafted with an elegance that is characteristic of Wilde's writing style. His use of language is nothing short of impressive, allowing readers to savor every word and ponder its deeper meaning.

Throughout the book, Wilde tackles a broad range of topics, including art, beauty, morality, and individualism. His thoughts on these subjects are strikingly relevant even in today's society. Wilde's ability to capture timeless truths and weave them into concise aphorisms is truly admirable.

Moreover, "Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" provides valuable insights into the human condition. Wilde contemplates human nature, the complexities of relationships, and the role of individual freedom in a society bound by conventions. He encourages readers to question societal norms and embrace their unique identities without fear of judgment.

Another notable aspect of this book is its capacity to provoke intellectual discussions. Each aphorism serves as a starting point for contemplating one's own beliefs and values. Whether you agree or disagree with Wilde's ideas, it is certain that they will challenge your perspective and encourage introspection.

Despite its brevity, "Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" is a thought-provoking read that leaves a lasting impact. It is a testament to Wilde's brilliance as a writer and philosopher. This book serves as a reminder of the power of words and the value of deep contemplation in our fast-paced world.

In conclusion, Oscar Wilde's "Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" is a timeless masterpiece that offers profound insights into the human condition. With his clever wit and thought-provoking ideas, Wilde invites readers to embark on a journey of self-reflection and intellectual exploration. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to engage with philosophical concepts and expand their understanding of the world around them.

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London Arthur L. Humphreys 1911

(Miscellaneous aphorisms, followed by The Soul of Man.)

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.

Women are made to be loved, not to be understood.

It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. Moren than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.

Women, as someone says, love with their ears, just as men love with their eyes, if they ever love at all.

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.

Misfortunes one can endure, they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's faults ah! there is the sting of life.

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.

Questions are never indiscreet; answers sometimes are.

Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes... Continue reading book >>

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