Oscar Wilde held firmly to the “Artist’s View” of life. Just a word about this view. You don’t have to be an artist to follow it. It’s simply a way of perceiving and seeing the world around you. It doesn’t deal in condemnations and exclusions. It’s far more reasonable, more universal and finely perceptive. It perceives the world to be charged with beauty even in the most ugly of places and will always pursue and create beauty in whatever form that may be.
Wilde made an interesting comment. He said that the recognition of beauty came before ethics and that a person who really perceived beauty would automatically be an ethical person. In other words you can’t experience beauty without it invoking goodness within – food for thought if you feel like going there a bit.
Some things he said:
Beauty has many meanings as man has moods.
Devotion to beauty and to the creation of beautiful things is the test of all great civilized nations.
Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow one another like the withered leaves of Autumn; but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity.