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7 – Tragedy Quote

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

-Oscar Wilde

6 – Truth Quote

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

-Oscar Wilde

5 – Faces Quote

“A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.”

-Oscar Wilde

4 – Enemies Quote

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

-Oscar Wilde

3 – Sincerity Quote

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

-Oscar Wilde

2 – Friend Quote

“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”

-Oscar Wilde

1 – Cynic Quote

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”

-Oscar Wilde

20 Entertaining Thoughts from Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early 1890s. He also wrote the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The human capacity to learn, discover, improve, create or change our environment is very natural. We are made to create.

Creativity is not something you have or you don't. Watch how children think freely until they are formally educated to become conventional thinkers.

We are expected...

Original ideas seem irrational

Genius minds see things abstractly. They tend to see the big picture more clearly than most people.

Original ideas require you not to be afraid to try new things and take risks. Look for inspiration in things people take for granted.

The ability to think and act outside your normal understanding realm requires you to see things from different perspectives and imagine unique solutions.

  • Newton spent many years teaching himself mathematics before developing the concept of gravity.
  • Picasso was not born to paint...

Geniuses know how to connect unrelated ideas

Recent research about creatives found that people who are more creative can simultaneously engage brain networks that don't typically work together....

Great thinkers from da Vinci to Thomas Edison were more interested in how things could work.

Brilliant thinkers like Marie Curie and Steve Jobs are renowned for their original thinking that led to groundbreaking discoveries. They knew how ...

Genius isn't solely inborn

Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and Marie Curie had brilliant ideas that pushed the boundaries of their time. However, genius is not a fixed quantity. Anyone can be a genius in the right context and with the right tools.

Research suggests there are ways we can all become more intelligent an...

Books are not a distraction

We tend to treat books as a distraction or entertainment. But it's far more than that. It's really therapy. 

Literature is a tool to help us live with more wisdom, goodness and sanity. Therefore, we should prescribe books in response to various ailments and classify them according to the pr...

In books, writers open our hearts and minds. We find descriptions of who we are and what events are really like. 

In the best of books, writers find the words to describe the fragile, weird, special experiences of our inner lives. They don't judge as harshly or as one-dimensionally as the m...

Literature is the greatest 'reality simulator'. 

  • You can safely experience what it's like to get a divorce or kill someone and feel remorseful.
  • It lets you speed up time. It gives you the keys to the palace so you can assess yo...

  • The powerful are not locked into a single system; they are constantly adapting their systems to suit their needs.
  • Learning to adapt to each new circumstance means seeing events through your own eyes and often ignoring the advice that people constantly peddle your way...

Law 47: Do Not Go Past the Mark You Aimed For; In Victory, Learn When to Stop.

  • You must be guided by reason. To let a momentary thrill or an emotional victory influence or guide your movies will prove fatal.
  • History is littered with ruins of victorious empires and corpses of leaders who could not learn to stop and consolidate t...

Never Underestimate the Power of Envy:

  • Once success happens, the people to fear the most are those in your own circle, the friends and acquaintances you have left behind.
  • Beware signs of envy: excessive praise, hypercritical people,

  • Humans are creatures of habit and change upsets our routines.
  • The man who initiates strong reforms often becomes the scapegoat for any kind of dissatisfaction.
  • Preach change, but maintain the comforting appearance of familiar traditions.
  • ...

  • The Neutralizing Effect: Do what your enemies do, following their actions as best you can, and they cannot see what you are up to—they are blinded by your mirror.
  • The Narcissus Effect: Reflect their desires, values, and tastes.
  • The Mo...

  • The key to persuasion is working on people's emotions and playing on their intellectual weaknesses.
  • Play on Contrasts: Push people to despair, then give them relief. If they expect pain and you give them pleasure, you win their hearts.
  • A grea...

Law 42: Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Scatter.

  • In every group, there is a person who controls the power, determining the group's effectiveness. 
  • Find the source and isolate them: physically, politically, or psychologically.
  • Lure him away from their power base at the criti...

  • Many successors struggle when they have to succeed a great leader parent.
  • The father most often manages to amass his fortune, his kingdom, because he begins with little or nothing.
  • When a man like this has a son, he becomes domineering and oppressive, imposing his lessons on ...

  • What is offered free often comes with a psychological price tag.
  • Everything must be judged by its cost, and everything has a price.
  • Value the strategic generosity — “give when you are about to take” and put the recipient under obligation.
  • Be flexible ...

Law 39: Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish.

  • When the waters are still, your opponents have the time and space to plot against you. So stir the waters, force the fish to the surface, get them to act before they are ready, and steal the initiative.
  • Play on uncontrollable emotions: pride, vanity...

  • Most unconventional people learn to blend in with others and to share their differing views only with like-minded people.
  • Display conventional behavior and mouth conventional ideas without having to believe in them.
  • Once you have established yourself in a position of power, y...

  • Words stir up arguments and division; images, which bypass rational thought, create powerful emotional associations.
  • Use symbols to rally, excite, and unify your followers.
  • If you have to explain yourself your power is already in question.

  • You choose to let things bother you. Turn your back on what cannot harm you in the long run.
  • If there is something you want but that you realize you cannot have, the worse thing you can do is draw attention to your disappointment by complaining about it.
  • Treat your m...

Law 35: Master the Art of Timing.

  • Power rarely ends up in the hands of those who start a revolution; power sticks to those who bring a conclusion.
  • Long Time: Have remarkable patience, control your emotions, and take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
  • Forced Time: Ups...

  • It is within your power to set your own price.
  • Ask for less and that is just what you will get. Ask for more, however, and you send a signal that you are worth a king’s ransom.
  • The Strategy of the Crown: If we believe we are destined for grea...

  • Find the Helpless Child: Most weaknesses begin in childhood before the self builds up compensatory defenses.
  • Find the Weak Link: Win the favor of those behind the scenes and you indirectly influence the king. Find the one person who will bend under p...

Law 32: Play to People’s Fantasies.

  • The Reality: Change is slow and gradual. It requires hard work, a bit of luck, a fair number of sacrifices, and a lot of patience.
  • The Fantasy: A sudden transformation will bring a total change in one’s fortunes, bypassing work, luck, self-sacrifice,...

  • Withdrawal and disappearance are classic ways of controlling the options.
  • Give people a sense of how things will fall apart without you, and you offer them a “choice”: I stay away, and you suffer the consequences, or I return under circumstances that I dictate.
  • Color ...

  • Research and practice endlessly before appearing in public.
  • Conceal the effort behind one’s work. One never sees the source of a god’s power revealed; one only sees its effects.
  • Revealing tricks lets others use them against you.
  • The more mystery surro...

  • The ending is everything that determines the glory, the money, the prize.
  • Overcome the natural tendency to react to things as they happen, and instead train oneself to step back.
  • So much of power is not what you do but what ...

  • The Bolder The Better: Ask for the moon and you’ll be surprised how often you get it. The largeness of scale deceives the human eye.
  • Lions Circle the Hesitant Prey: Everything depends on perception, and once you demonstrate a willingness to compromis...

  • Keep it Vague; Keep it Simple: Most people want to hear that a simple solution will cure their problems.
  • Emphasize the Visual and the Sensual over the Intellectual: Create a spectacle.
  • Borrow the Forms of Organized Religion: ...

Law 26: Keep Your Hands Clean.

Part I: Have a Scapegoat to Take The Blame.

Our good name and reputation depend more on what we conceal than on what we reveal.

  • Shift the guilt and sin to an outside figure—object, animal, or man—which is banished.
  • Set up the