I consider ugliness a kind of malady, and illness and suffering always inspire me with revulsion.
Camille Paglia comments:
“In prison, he retreated from this anti-Christian position. But Wilde became humane only when he was already ruined as an artist and thinker. Decadent aestheticism is a visionary idealism, asserting the primacy of beauty over all modes of experience.”
(Sexual Personae, p. 515.)
(Yes I had a reason to pick up the Bible again.)